Sofia Warren is a cartoonist whose work has been featured regularly over the past four years in The New Yorker. Now, Warren is preparing to launch his first full-length graphic novel, as did IDW’s Top Shelf Comics imprint. announcement Radical: my year with a socialist senator, a graphic memoir on Warren’s time embedded in the office of a New York State Democratic Socialist senator.
This is how Top Shelf describes Radical:
At the start of 2018, the cartoonist Sofia warren was not paying attention to New York State politics. But that summer her Brooklyn neighborhood started to buzz Julia salazar, a 27-year-old Democratic Socialist candidate for the State Senate whose popular campaign inspired an army of volunteers. When they beat the odds and won, Warren wondered what would happen next. How does it work when an outsider advocating revolutionary change really has to do the job? So she decided to find out.
A graphic brief to be published by Top Shelf Productions in June 2022, Radical: my year with a socialist senator is a remarkable first-hand account of Warren’s integrated experience with Julia Salazar and her team during their first year in office. From candid conversations and eyewitness experiences, Warren paints a compelling and intimate portrait of a disjointed team of community organizers struggling against entrenched power structures, especially to advance Julia’s landmark issue of human rights. lodging.
At every key moment of the year – setting up an office, navigating insider politics, shrinking audiences, difficult staff meetings, emotional speeches, protest marches, setbacks and victories – Warren is close to Julia and to his team, observing, questioning, and drawing, as they try to translate their ideals into concrete legislation. Along the way, Warren seeks answers to deeper questions: What makes a good leader? What does it mean to be part of a community? Can democracy work? How can ordinary people bring about change?
In a statement accompanying the memoir announcement, Sofia Warren described what she hopes readers will take away from learning from her experiences with Salazar and his staff:
“Much of this experience was a surprise to me,” says Warren: “that during their entire first legislative session, Julia and her team let me be in the room; that “the room” was just as often a food court, or a senior citizen’s center, or a walk in the middle of a blizzard; that they were as open to me about their frustrations as they were about their victories; and that I – an introverted and cynical millennial living under the Trump presidency – could leave the experience so motivated and inspired. I hope readers will leave this book with the same feeling.
Democratic socialism is an often misunderstood political point of view, and the use of the word “word” makes it an easy target for experts on both sides of the aisle, but it is a point of view that a growing share of the American population is holding. Perhaps Warren’s graphic memoirs will shed some light on what democratic socialism is for those interested in it. At the very least, it should be a fascinating look at the inner workings of an active political office.
The 312 pages Radical: my year with a socialist senator should arrive in bookstores on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.