Looking for a palate-cleanser after the chaos of Iowa and the mendacity of the State of the Union Address? Indy comics publisher Devil’s Due has announced a new spinoff label, Ballot Box, which is “dedicated to progressive politics and populist movements that challenge both the right and the center-left.”
The company, founded by Josh Blaylock in 2000, published Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force: New Party Who Dis? last year and is currently running a Kickstarter for a Ballot Box collection featuring work by Blaylock, Tim Seeley, Jill Thompson, Robert Sikoryak, Dean Haspiel, Marguerite Dabaie and many others.
Ballot Box Comics’ mandate is to produce original titiles for the percentage of the country that believes in such ‘radical’ causes as social equality and standing up to government corruption. “If there’s one thing the worldwide success of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force taught us,” Blaylock says, “it’s that politically and socially-minded comic book readers are seriously underrepresented.”
Actually, several publishers, including Abrams and First Second, will be publishing graphic novels with a progressive bent this year, including Drawing the Vote, a history of, and guide to, voting rights in America (Abrams, April) and First Second’s World Citizen Comics. Ballot Box Comics looks like it will be a nice addition to all this: The attitude is cheeky and the lineup is solid.