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Anarchy Comics: The Complete Collection [Kindle Edition]

Jay Kinney
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Book Description

Reviving an iconic comic series originally published from 1978 to 1986, this exclusive collection brings together the legendary four issues of Anarchy Comics, the underground comic that melded anarchist politics with a punk sensibility, producing a riveting mix of satire, revolt, and artistic experimentation. The anthology features previously unpublished work by Jay Kinney and Sharon Rudahl, along with a detailed introduction by Kinney that traces the history of the comic he founded and provides entertaining anecdotes about the process of herding an international crowd of anarchistic writers. Reintroducing the long-out-of-print underground comic that inspired its readers and united a subculture, this collection includes all 30 original contributors from across the globe, including Clifford Harper, Donald Rooum, Gary Panter, Melinda Gebbie, and Steve Stiles, among other talented writers and illustrators.

Editorial Reviews


"Anarchy Comics was caught between the final gasps of the hippie era and the opening blasts of punk. The stories captured the moment by firing satiric vollies in both directions." —

"In the late '70s and early '80s we briefly had a comic voice that told our history (IWW, Spanish Civil War, Kronstadt), illustrated our culture (Brecht, communes, Yippies), and skewered our nemeses (Lenin, Mao, Trotsky), all with a large but necessary dose of self-deprecating humor. That was Anarchy Comics, and finally we can read it again!"  —Josh MacPhee, founder,

"Anarchy Comics was an education I never got in school. I learned more deep truths about the way human megatribes operate (while at the same time being greatly amused by the superb art and writing) than from any textbook. Decades later, the insights I gleaned from these brilliant comics still affect the way I view global events."  —Mark Frauenfelder, founder,

"The various parodies, jams, and educational comics are a wonderful assortment of styles and truly show how diverse an ideology anarchy can be among artists." —Chris Estey, KEXP

"Besides being an important event in the history of comics and underground culture, PM's republication of these comix gives an entirely new generation to read, appreciate and be inspired by the art, humor and intelligence that went into them." —

"Anarchy Comics contains work from some of the best underground-comic artists of the late twentieth century, given free rein to snipe at authority to their heart's content." —

"Founder Jay Kinney and an international assembly of like-minded cartoonists filled the comics' pages with intelligent urgings for readers to think for themselves and eschew governmental systems that restrain the individual—and thus society at large—all while remaining entertaining, informative, and never preachy." —Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Jay Kinney was an active participant in the underground comix movement from 1968 through the 1970s—he cofounded the romance comic satire Young Lust, founded and edited Anarchy Comics, and contributed to numerous other comics. He served as editor of CoEvolution Quarterly before founding Gnosis. He is the author of Hidden Wisdom, The Inner West, and The Masonic Myth, and recently contributed a chapter on underground comics to Ten Years that Shook the City: San Francisco 1968–1978. He lives in San Francisco.

Product Details

  • File Size: 17596 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: PM Press (November 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,367,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff February 17, 2013
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Another reviewer has slagged this collection on e-book. The paper edition is evidently the one to buy-- it's perfection. I bought all the issues a million years ago when they were first published. (they're in a box in the basement.). This compendium features the whole run. Many of my favorite artists-- Spain, Paul Mavrides, Jay Kinney, etc.-- are here, and it's all good. Kinney's intro is informative and fun, and the reproductions are sharp.

I'm a huge fan of Kinney's. I subscribed to his "Gnosis" magazine, and his writing and art are always first-rate. While not an anarchist myself (just a knee-jerk lefty), I've learned a lot about anarchism from these strips and laughed a lot as well. The snark factor is high, and even 30 years later, a lot of these harangues are still completely germane. My kiddies were either unborn or in diapers when they were first published, but they now enjoy reading them as well. A welcome addition to my library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kudos June 3, 2014
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A gem that merits a place in one's collection, and an example of the graphic novel's relevance as an art form.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable! November 21, 2014
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In the Kindle format, this product is UNREADABLE.
I do NOT understand why the scanned pages from the comic are so small.
I have tried to view it on my Ipad and PC and there is much I can't even see.
The Kindle version needs to be fixed, or removed from the site.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I really like the comics, but the ebook is a disgrace. February 2, 2013
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I just purchased this comic last night and while I really enjoy the content I find that the formatting needs a considerable amount of fixing. First, each page is not displayed as a page, or a collection of images but as one single image requiring the reader to zoom in on the image and then move the image around the screen in order to read. This makes it next to impossible to read on my kindle touch, and my kindle pc app (which seems to lack the zoom feature). Leaving my smartphone as the only device I can read this on. Second, even though I can zoom in to read the comic on my smartphone the image resolution is so low that nearly all the text is blurry, some of which is completely unreadable. Do yourself a favor and just buy the paperback version, you'll save yourself a huge headache.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not meant for kindle May 5, 2013
By kp
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I made a mistake which I will avoid in future, and maybe some others can avoid the same mistake. Comic books are definitely not meant for kindle. I could not view the pics well, and the text was so difficult to read no matter the zoom I used. Consequently, I can not give this product a rating...
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