By Brad Evoy

On Oct.11, Kwakwaka’wakw nation artist and anarchist Gord Hill’s ongoing launch tour for his newest book came to Ottawa. Published by Arsenal Pulp Press, The Antifa Comic Book: 100 Years of Fascism and Antifa Movements is Hill’s latest work combining artistic skill with a fire for resistance.

At the McNabb Community Centre, Hill led a packed house through the history and development of fascist parties and paramilitary groups. For Hill, these groupsno matter their outward differencesare united by their intention to militarize politics.

Hill also reflected upon his own and his comrades’ experiences in groups like Anti-Racist Action, where direct confrontation with neo-Nazis and other members of the far right became a part of activist resistance in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Hill also explained how he  developed and refined his technique from previous works – like The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book with digital colouring and deeper linework.

The book launch was hosted by local anti-fascist collective ¡No Pasarán! With that in mind, Hill gave attendees his take on recent actions by far-right groups like Soldiers of Odin – and the resistance carried out against them in several cities.

While these groups may seem disorganized, they pose a direct threat of violence to various communities, like those at the Tent City in Nanaimo.

Those gathered were able to purchase limited copies of the book, which is available now from Arsenal Pulp Press (Vancouver) and Kersplebedeb (Montreal).

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