Top Shelf Productions has revealed an early look at Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator, a graphic memoir by cartoonist Sofia Warren set in 2018 when Julia Salazar, a 27-year-old democratic socialist ran for state senate and won.
It’s a remarkable firsthand account of Warren’s experience embedded with 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 Salazar’s marquee issue of housing rights.
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? All these themes are explored — with nuance, compassion, and humor — in Sofia Warren’s remarkable debut.
Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator will be available for purchase on June 14, 2022.