Sheep magazine Archive 2: issues 10-17


Lefty online magazine: issue 10, May 2016 to issue 17, November 2016



Sally Campbell spoke to artist Tim Sanders and historian John Newsinger

about creating a graphic representation of Russia 1917

Two and a half years ago Tim Sanders, regular cartoonist for Socialist

Worker, approached Bookmarks the socialist publisher with a proposal

for a graphic history of the Russian Revolution. This month the result,

1917: Russia’s Red Year, will hit the shelves.


‘For the first time in my life I thought about something before it was too

late,’ says Tim. ‘I figured either the centenary will be pretty much ignored

by mainstream media or there’ll be tonnes and tonnes of books saying

what a terrible thing the revolution was and thank god the workers didn’t

take control – all the usual stuff.

‘So I thought I’d try to make a tiny little contribution to a counter-current

and the best way for me to do it would be to draw pictures.’

Bookmarks put Tim in touch with socialist historian – and graphic novel

fan – John Newsinger, who eagerly agreed to work on the script.

Rather than a straight retelling of the history, says John, ‘we wanted to

show how the events of 1917 impacted on two ordinary Russians, a man

and a woman. We created Peter and Natalia.


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