Kristine's Picks for Troublemakers

Expanding on Microcosm's popular TROUBLE line of books (okay, that's not technically one of our subject categories, but it could be)...

Direct Action Handbook: A Guide to Organizing & Protesting Safely

Direct Action Handbook: A Guide to Organizing & Protesting Safely

by Kelly Baker Contributor, Ernesto Botello Contributor, David Brame Contributor, Annabel Young Contributor, Lainey Williams Contributor, 12 more

Have you ever wondered how to protest safely and effectively? It's not just about showing up, chanting, and holding…

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Away from your computer and INTO THE STREETS.

Mutual Aid: An Illuminated Factor of Evolution

Mutual Aid: An Illuminated Factor of Evolution

by Peter Kropotkin Author, N.O. Bonzo Illustrator, David Graeber Foreword, Andrej Grubacic Foreword, Ruth Kinna Foreword, Allan Antliff Afterword and GATS (Graffiti Against the System) Illustrator

One hundred years after his death, Peter Kropotkin is still one of the most inspirational figures of the anarchist…

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Beautiful edition of Kropotkin's best known work on collective endeavor & evolution. It still holds up 100 years later, and this gorgeously illustrated book makes reading it a sensual pleasure.

Get Your Laws Off My Uterus

Get Your Laws Off My Uterus

by Super Pack! Author, Judith Arcana Author, Isabelle Gauthier Author, Esther Eberhardt Author, Rachel Blanton Author, 4 more

Ever since reproductive choice was legalized in the US in 1973, factions have been trying to strip the right to safe,…

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Mind your own uterus!

MARCH: Book 3

MARCH: Book 3

by Andrew Aydin Author, John Lewis Author and Nate Powell Author

Congressman Lewis' firsthand account of the civil rights era concludes with images of steely-eyed police, motion, and…

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MARCH v.3 by John (Good Trouble) Lewis is my favorite of his graphic history series. Full of truth, trouble, and action.

Make Trouble

Make Trouble

by John Waters Author

John Waters' gleefully subversive Rhode Island School of Design commencement speech, zanily illustrated with line…

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A charming (and nicely illustrated) little gift book for graduating students and weirdos of all ages.

Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution

Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution

by Andrew Boyd Author

Beautiful Trouble brings together dozens of seasoned artists and activists from around the world to distill their best…

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Full of practical & FUN activist case studies. Make art! Dress up in thrift store suits and disrupt a shareholder's meeting! Plus terrific "more reading" recommendations for a variety of activities.

A Rule is to Break: A Child's Guide to Anarchy

A Rule is to Break: A Child's Guide to Anarchy

by John & Jana Author

As you might imagine, we get a lot of requests for books for kids. Celebrating the fun, independence, and…

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The original, one and only!

Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia

Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia

by Samuel R. Delaney Author and Kathy Acker Foreword

First published in 1976, this innovative, highly intellectual novel by Samuel Delaney—one of science fiction's first…

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If you want good trouble on another planet, check out Delany's phenomenal early genderfluid sci-fi title.

Good Trouble: Building a Successful Life and Business with Autism

Good Trouble: Building a Successful Life and Business with Autism

by Joe Biel Author, Joyce Brabner Foreword and Sander Hicks Foreword

The history of Microcosm Publishing, from its origins as a record label and zine distro in Joe Biel's bedroom closet in…

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My motto: Learn from other people's mistakes; life is too short to make them ALL yourself.

Act Up Philadelphia poster

Act Up Philadelphia poster

by Justseeds Author

ACT UP FIGHT BACK FIGHT AIDS: Act Up Philadelphia Since 1987, ACT UP Philadelphia has been fighting for justice for…

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Fight Back! Most of the Justseeds posters and zines feature excellent troublemakers.

Jane: The Legendary Story of the Underground Abortion Service, 1968-1973

Jane: The Legendary Story of the Underground Abortion Service, 1968-1973

by Judith Arcana Editor

Before Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in the U.S. in 1973, the Abortion Counseling Services of Women’s Liberation was…

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Women's bodily autonomy is worth a whole lot of law-breaking trouble. Thanks, grandmas and aunties!

The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets

The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets

by Gayle E. Pitman Author

This book is an illustrated recount of one of the most pivotal moments in the history of the LGBTQA+ movement in…

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Never forget Marsha P. Johnson and the power of a good riot.

Earth First! Direct Action Manual: Third Edition

Earth First! Direct Action Manual: Third Edition

by Earth First! Author

This manual is almost 300 pages of diagrams, descriptions of techniques, and a comprehensive overview of the role direct…

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Sometimes you need to step up for the planet.

Think! Eat! Act!: A Sea Shepherd Chef's Vegan Recipes

Think! Eat! Act!: A Sea Shepherd Chef's Vegan Recipes

by Raffaella Tolicetti Author

Think! Eat! Act! is a cookbook featuring the vegan food prepared on the Sea Shepherd ships' anti-whaling campaigns.…

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While you fight whaling, you can make yummy vegan food.

How to Boycott: Make Your Voice Heard, Understand History, & Change the World

How to Boycott: Make Your Voice Heard, Understand History, & Change the World

by Joe Biel Author

From Chick-Fil-A to the Boston Tea Party, Nike to Women's Suffrage in the U.S., United Farm Workers to the Woolworth's…

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Some companies need to be punched in the pocketbook.

Firebrands: Activists You Didn't Learn About in School

Firebrands: Activists You Didn't Learn About in School

by Justseeds Illustrator, Shaun Slifer Editor, Bec Young Editor, Josh MacPhee Contributor and Alec Dunn Contributor

This illustrated history celebrates American changemakers and revolutionaries that are often left out of public…

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Great for classrooms and libraries.

Biff Boff Bam Sock Issue 9: Know Your Vote

Biff Boff Bam Sock Issue 9: Know Your Vote

by Anna Jo Beck Author

As the title suggests, you'll get that down-low you needed to understand how to vote. Learn how to get your vote out…

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Another great gift for older teens, new immigrants, and every citizen.

How to Plan for Action: A Protest Prep Zine

How to Plan for Action: A Protest Prep Zine

by Sarah Friedman Author

After lacing up your boots to go kick injustice's ass with your pickets and peaceful resistance- take a few minutes to…

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Brief, informative, a perfect gift for active teens.

Shut It Down: Stories from a Fierce, Loving Resistance

Shut It Down: Stories from a Fierce, Loving Resistance

by Lisa Fithian Author

Lisa Fithian shares stories and wisdom from years of work as an advocate for social justice movements. Her experience…

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ILWU (Injury to one is an injury to all) poster

ILWU (Injury to one is an injury to all) poster

by Dalton Blanco Author, Peter Cole Author and Justseeds Author

In 1984 members of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) refused to unload South African cargo off the…

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Unions keep us strong! Almost all the Justseeds posters and zines feature exciting & inspiring troublemakers.

Long Live Mutiny: Pirate Tactics

Long Live Mutiny: Pirate Tactics

by anonymous Author

A short, easy to read booklet drawing on ways in which pirates of old organized. Their history offers suggestions for…

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Fun fact: quite a few pirate ships were functional anarchies.

Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook

Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook

by Christopher Noxon Author

Tired of being cynical about today's political climate? Learn how to approach activism and contemporary social movements…

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Good history, with well-done full-color illustrations on every page.

What is Obscenity?: The Story of a Good For Nothing Artist and her Pussy

What is Obscenity?: The Story of a Good For Nothing Artist and her Pussy

by Rokudenashiko Author

A graphic memoir of a good-for-nothing Japanese artist who has been jailed twice for so-called acts of obscenity and the…

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Sometimes you gotta get arrested to defend your awesome vulva art.

Advertising Shits in Your Head

Advertising Shits in Your Head

by Vyvian Raoul Author and Matt Bonner Author

Advertisements are a manipulative tool used with and without our permission, to control us. We know this. Let's do…

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Excellent tools for reclaiming public space and amplifying your art & your message.