Praise for Firebrands
"If you’re looking for new heroes, Firebrands is the book for you. ...I was excited when I started reading Firebrands. I felt happy to be alive, to have shared or to be sharing a world with these people and people like them. I felt and still feel inspired to always ask myself what values and ideals are important enough for me to take these kinds of risks and to always try my best to live up to them. I like this book, it feels good in my hands, it makes me smile and I love the artwork that accompagnies each profile ... " –Cuntlove
"Besides being the almost-perfect accompaniment to Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States (his influence and inspiration are noted in the foreword), Justseeds has made in Firebrands a gorgeous and readable text as well." –ALARM Press
Newly updated and expanded! These American heroes hail from Canada to Chile and everywhere in between, from the 1500s to today. Instead of the powerful, rich, white folks focused on in school textbooks, these gorgeous portraits with accompanying biographies recognize the work of grassroots organizers, revolutionaries, visionaries, anarchists, workers, and artists. These heroes put their bodies and souls into fighting injustice and making their communities better and often gave their lives for the causes they believed in. Each story is vividly illustrated, offering a radical glimpse of how individuals can work to change the world.
SUBJECT: Political / History / Art and Design / Anarchism / Microcosm Published / YA (Young Adult)
PUBLICATION: Oct 13, 2020
FORMAT: 192 pages, 5.5x7", paperback
ART: B&W illustrations
Justseeds is an artists' cooperative that focuses on environmental, social, and political engagement. Its artists hail from Canada, Mexico, and the United States, and each of them bring their own unique methods and viewpoints to the table to create unified work and collective action. Shaun Slifer is an artist, a member of the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative, and coauthor of the zine Digging Up a Tennessee Anarchist. Bec Young is an artist and a member of the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Josh MacPhee is a founding member of the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative and Interference Archive.
A small, innovative publishing house, Microcosm Publishing specializes in work designed to make the reader feel good about being alive, take an active role in bettering their life, and impact the world around them. Microcosm has developed a reputation for teaching self-empowerment, showing hidden histories, and fostering creativity through challenging conventional publishing wisdom with books and zines about DIY skills, food, politics, and art. Our books are printed in the USA.