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 groups – no matter their outward differences – are 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.