Top Shelf To Publish ‘Radical: My Year With A Socialist Senator’ – The Graphic Novel Story Of A First Time Senator

by Olly MacNamee
New Yorker cartoonist Sofia Warren has been shadowing the first time Democrat senator, 27 year old Julia Salazar. Slazar freely admits to being a socialist at heart and in practice who beat the odds to be voted into office thanks in no small part to an army of volunteers. And now her story is being told in a new graphic novel from Top Shelf Productions, Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator. 
“Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator is a remarkable first-hand account of Warren’s experience embedded with Julia Salazar and her staff during their first year in office. From candid conversations and eyewitness experiences, Warren builds a gripping and intimate portrait of a scrappy team of community organizers battling entrenched power structures, particularly to advance Julia’s marquee issue of housing rights.
Follows a first-year State Senator on her unforgettable journey from outsider to insider.

At every key point during the year — setting up an office, navigating insider politics, public pushback, testy staff meetings, emotional speeches, protest marches, setbacks, and victories — Warren is up close and personal with Julia and her team, observing, questioning, and drawing, as they try to translate their ideals into concrete legislation. Along the way, Warren works toward answers to deeper questions: what makes a good leader? What does it mean to be a part of a community? Can democracy work? How can everyday people make change happen?”

Warren discusses her time with the Senator ahead of producing this graphic novel:

“So much of this experience was a surprise to me that for their entire first legislative session, Julia and her staff let me be in the room; that ‘the room’ was just as often a food court, or a senior center, or a march in the middle of a blizzard; that they were as open with me about their frustrations as they were about their victories; and that I — an introverted, cynical millennial living through the Trump presidency — could leave the experience so motivated and inspired. I hope that readers leave this book feeling the same.”

Look out for Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator next June from Top Shelf Productions

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