This collection of comic-strips on the subject of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn comes out of an open call for submissions to writers and artists by the publisher, Self Made Hero, which had the deadline of 12 July this year. It features contributions from professional cartoonists like Steve Bell and Steven Appleby and Martin Rowson from The Guardian. Most of the contributions come from more unknown artists.
As a result it’s a bit of a mixed bag. The publisher’s imposed a three-page limit on contributions which doesn’t leave much room for in-depth political analysis. Consequently a lot of Corbyn’s foibles — his love for home-made jam, his allotment and Arsenal — are frequently referenced. There are some stand-out pages. Tom Blachford neatly reworks a Marvel Comic cover to feature “Corbyn The Barbarian” taking on the Medusa-headed Theresa May.
And not all the contributions are undiluted hero-worship of Jeremy Corbyn. Jake’s Time for Heroes begs “Just don’t let us down Jeremy…Okay?”, while Martin Rowson’s contribution continues to express the same ambivalence towards Corbyn which characterizes his work for the Guardian and the Daily Mirror. However, many of the contributions express the inspiration and hope which Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party has bought to mainstream British politics. My favourite is Steven Appleby’s What Life is All About.
Can anyone imagine a similar book dedicated to the wretched Theresa May?