Sheep magazine Archive 2: issues 10-17


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

‘We wanted to put on display the self-activity of the working class. From

that point of view we looked at the taking over of the factory, the taking

over of the posh restaurant, the mansion, regulating food prices – that this

was what was driving the revolutionary process.’

There has been an explosion in graphic fiction over the past couple of

decades, though it is a new departure for Bookmarks – and for Tim and

John. How did they feel this project could fit into the wider trend?


‘A lot of graphic fiction is radical in the broader sense,’ says John. ‘Much

of the stuff that Pat Mills has done over the years, for example, has been

incredibly radical.’

Pat Mills is one of the most prominent British comics writers and editors,

creator of the 2000AD comics and of the Charley’s War series of graphic

novels about the First World War. He has written a foreword for Russia’s

Red Year, which he describes as ‘a gem of a book that celebrates the

people’s victory over their oppressors. It’s exciting, informative, emotional,

funny, beautifully painted and so relevant to our own times. It’s a work of


As John makes clear, ‘At a time when the ideas of the revolution are going

to be hotly contested, we felt it would be a good idea to put a particular

interpretation of these events forward in a graphic form that could reach

an audience that might otherwise not read anything about the Russian


The process of working on the book was challenging for both authors.


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