"The activist artists of Maroon Comix have combined and presented struggles past and present in a vivid, creative, graphic form, pointing a way toward an emancipated future." —Marcus Rediker, coauthor of The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic "With bold graphics and urgent prose, Maroon Comix provides a powerful antidote to toxic historical narratives. By showing us what was, Quincy Saul and his talented team allow us to see what's possible." —James Sturm, author of The Golem's Mighty Swing “The history and stories that the Maroons personified should inspire a whole new generation of abolitionists. This comic illustration can motivate all those looking to resist modern capitalism’s twenty-first-century slavery and the neofascism we are facing today.” —Dhoruba Bin Wahad, Black Panther Party, New York Chapter, executive director of Community Change Africa "This fine comic book ('comic' because it's not tragic) should be infiltrated into every schoolhouse and factory in Capitalist Modernity!” —Hakim Bey, author of TAZ “Maroon Comix is breathtaking! I say that after decades of study and practice in that arena. One who is serious about resisting the dragons that threaten our very existence will use Maroon Comix to help fashion or reinforce their place within the hydra of twenth-first century Maroons.” —Russell Maroon Shoatz, author of Maroon the Implacable
"On this episode of 'By Any Means Necessary,' Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by Quincy Saul, editor of the new Maroon Comix: Origins and Destinies to talk about the history of maroons and their autonomous communities past and present, the importance of political prisoner Russell 'Maroon' Shoatz, how radical comics can be used as a medium for radicalization and political education and more.
"This fascinating book, based primarily on the writings of political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoats (#AF-3855, SCI Dallas, 1000 Follies Rd. Drawer K, Dallas PA 18612-0286), examines the history of slavery and liberation, particularly the form of resistance known as 'maroons'— escapees from slavery, or territories liberated from slavery by rebellion, such as Haiti—in the US, the Caribbean, and South America by applying the techniques of graphic novels to sometimes dense political tracts and analysis, increasing their appeal, accessibility, and imbuing them with the spirit of a new Black arts movement as well as the cultural creativity and many-sidedness of the maroons themselves." —Michael Novick, ara-la.tumblr.com/
"The revival of African and Indigenous inspired political strategies have emerged and continue to emerge in a multitude of ways in Venezuela, from ecosocialism to reparations. The Maroon Comix team is key to this international effort to document, inspire and challenge. Their work offers today’s organizers, farmers, workers, political visionaries, dreamers, and militant generation at large, an invitation to reorient their political and theoretical frameworks from Euro-centric revolutionary models to African and Indigenous historical points of reference. Herein lie the ancestral forms of communalism, socialism and communism—maroons, their societies, their strategies, their republics and their present-day permanence. Herein lie the answers to some of our deepest and most puzzling political questions and historical contradictions." —https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14033
Throughout the centuries, when slavery was legal in the United States, thousands of men and women who escaped their owners formed hidden settlements in forests, mountains, and swamps. They became known as maroons. Similarly in South America and the Caribbean, escaped slaves have fought their oppressors and made lives within their own, new communities. Saul (Truth and Dare) pulls together accounts of the past, profiles of maroon heroes and heroines, and updates about recent groups such as Chicago's Freedom Square that reflect the maroon heritage. The concluding plea for "mosaic" and "alloy" cultures invites a more inclusive, peaceful world future, and the closing "Maroon Library" collects an extensive range of bibliographic resources. Of the black-and-white art, Mac McGill's fine-line curves forming portraits of heroes are especially striking, and Seth Tobocman's woodcut-illustrated essay about the advantages of decentralized, diverse leadership stands out as painfully relevant to today's governments. VERDICT While the underground railroad has become well known to most Americans, the maroon tradition has remained more a subject for scholars and dogged researchers. This passionate collection will appeal to those interested in history, cultural studies, and the international cancer of slavery. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]—Martha Cornog, Philadelphia