Fantagraphics Brings Us Politics & Comix In ‘Did It! Jerry Rubin, An American Revolutionary’

by Hannah Means Shannon

 

Fantagraphics is diving into the relationship between politics, culture, and comics in a new title forthcoming in September that features drawings by Spain Rodriguez, contributions from Paul Krassner about his Yippie years, an essay about the influence of Mad Magazine on Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman, as well as many illustrations.

Did It! Jerry Rubin, An American Revolutionary will explore publications that “reflect the life and times of Jerry Rubin and his comrades” and give due credence to Rubin’s influence on others.

The book will be 272 pages, and presented in 11” x 12” format, with “hundreds of color and B&W images”. It’s the first ever visual and oral history of Jerry Rubin, co-founder of the Yippies, according to Fantagraphics.

75 of Rubin’s “friends and foes” were interviewed for the volume and counterculture figures like Norman Mailer, Bob Dylan, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Phil Ochs, Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, the Rolling Stones & the MC5 and “even Charles Manson” end up in the pages of this cultural history volume.

You can check out the trailer here:

Author Pat Thomas is also going to be on a book tour for this new release:

Did It: Jerry Rubin, An American Revolutionary book tour will feature vintage audio & visuals of Jerry in the 1960s
plus guest appearances along the way by Jerry’s wife, brother, and Yippie-era friends

September 19th 

Los Angeles
7:00 pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood 90069

September 26th 

San Diego
6:30-8:00 pm
San Diego Central Library: Shiley Events Space
330 Park Blvd, San Diego 92101

October 2nd 

Cincinnati
7:00 pm
Joseph-Beth Booksellers 
2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati 45208

October 19th 

Portland
7:00 pm
Mother Foucault
740 SE Morrison St, Portland 97214

October 20th 

Seattle
7:00 pm
Elliott Bay Books
1521 10th Ave, Seattle 98122

November 8th 

San Francisco
7:30 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park 
1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco 94122

November 12th 

Berkeley
7:30 p.m.
Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 94704