Agitating through Art: The Subversive Comics and Writings of Ernest Riebe


Tuesday, May 23, 2023

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Join the Graphic History Collection on May 23rd at 7pm for the launch of Mr. Block: The Subversive Comics and Writings of Ernest Riebe. We’ll celebrate the launch of the book with a panel on the work of Industrial Workers of the World artist Ernest Riebe and the importance of art and humor to activism, joined by members of the Graphic History Collective, Sean Carleton and Julia Smith, and artists Sabrina Jones and Annabelle Heckler.

The Graphic History Collective is a group of activists, artists, and researchers who combine art and history to promote education and social justice. They have produced a number of projects, including billboards, posters, colouring books, and several graphic books. Their projects show that you don’t need a cape and a pair of tights to change the world.

Sean Carleton is a founding member of the Graphic History Collective and an assistant professor in the Departments of History and Indigenous Studies at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. He studies colonial violence, Indigenous resistance, and the history of Canada’s Indian Residential School system. Sean is the author of Lessons in Legitimacy: Colonialism, Capitalism, and the Rise of State Schooling (UBC Press, 2022).

Julia Smith is a member of the Graphic History Collective and an assistant professor in the Labour Studies Program at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. She studies union organizing and the history and politics of women’s labour activism. Julia has published articles on feminist union organizing and labour relations in the airline and banking industries.

Sabrina Jones writes, illustrates, and edits comics and graphic novels on social justice and radical history. She made her first comics for World War 3 Illustrated and went on to edit numerous issues, including the forthcoming: “My Body/Our Rights.”  She has published graphic biographies of Isadora Duncan, Walt Whitman, Jane Jacobs, Margaret Sanger, FDR and Jesus. She has covered justice issues in “Race to Incarcerate” and “The Real Cost of Prisons.” She paints scenery in the entertainment industry, as a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, IATSE. See for yourself at or on instagram @sabjonze.

Annabelle Heckler (she/ella) draws comics, often at the intersections of queer and labor justice, uplifting solidarity as our superpower. Annabelle hace investigación laboral, diseña campañas, y dibuja cómics en apoyo de movimientos populares, desde tierra indígena robada (Brooklyn, NY). See her work in the forthcoming My Body, Our Rights from AK Press and World War 3 Illustrated, Labor Notes, 1199 Magazine, on IG at @annabelleheckler, and beyond.

Interference Archive’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.