Ad Astra Re-releases War In the Neighborhood by Seth Tobocman

New York City’s Lower East Side was a neighborhood well-known for cultural vitality, despite a history of transience and poverty. For decades, poets, musicians, activists and artists had made their homes beside families and small businesses. In a gripping series of fictionalized accounts, political artist Seth Tobocman illustrates the L.E.S. of the late 80s and early 90s – an era of poverty & gentrification, ACT UP & the AIDS epidemic, tent cities and squatted apartment buildings, street brawls between punks & skin heads, police brutality, and a neighborhood on the brink of a profit-driven transformation.

Beautiful “Ruins”: Seth Tobocman Looks at Peter Kuper’s Groundbreaking New Comic

Having known Peter since first grade, it could be argued that I am not objective enough to write a review of anything he produces. But I have never believed that art has much to do with objectivity. Rather, art is about the insights we gain through subjective experience. So here is what I have learned through knowing Peter Kuper that I think is relevant to a discussion of this book.

Climate Comix! A Guest Post by Seth Tobocman

Seth Tobocman is a radical comic book artist who has been living in Manhattan’s Lower East Side since 1978. Tobocman is best known for his creation of the political comic book anthology World War 3 Illustrated, which he started in 1979 with fellow artist Peter Kuper. He has also been an influential propagandist for the … Continue reading Climate Comix! A Guest Post by Seth Tobocman

Ad Astra Comix Hosts NYC Protest Artist Seth Tobocman for #TCAF2014

Please share widely! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: World-Renowned Protest Artist Seth Tobocman Speaking in Toronto Cartoonist to Discuss New Book and 35 Years of Grassroots Comic Activism at Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF 2014) Press Contact: Nicole Marie Burton Phone: (647) 863-4994 E-mail: adastracomix@gmail.com RSVP via Facebook: Saturday May 10, 6PM-10PM (city-wide event social & fundraiser), … Continue reading Ad Astra Comix Hosts NYC Protest Artist Seth Tobocman for #TCAF2014

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE:  PETER KUPER TAKES ON JOSEPH CONRAD’S HEART OF DARKNESS

by Seth Tobocman | October 31, 2019 Peter Kuper is a first rate comic book artist and a master stylist who has, over the years, adapted many classic works of literature to graphic format, including Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and numerous works by Franz Kafka. But adapting Joseph Conrad’s Heart Of Darkness may prove to be his most difficult … Continue reading MISSION IMPOSSIBLE:  PETER KUPER TAKES ON JOSEPH CONRAD’S HEART OF DARKNESS

THE BEST DAMN ARTICLE ABOUT ERIC DROOKER I’VE EVER READ

a guest post by Seth Tobocman Tucked inside AK Thompson’s largely political anthology PREMONITIONS (Selected Essays On The Culture Of Revolt) are two chapters about art that ought to be a wake-up-call to those who write about the subject. Including one about my old comrade and fellow poster paster Eric Drooker. What stands out about … Continue reading THE BEST DAMN ARTICLE ABOUT ERIC DROOKER I’VE EVER READ

7 Ways ‘War in the Neighborhood’ is the Comic Book version of RENT

Anyone who has accidentally gotten their one theatre friend talking has heard of ‘RENT’, the 1993 musical about artists and activists living in Alphabet City, New York. But far fewer people have ever heard of Seth Tobocman’s ‘War in the Neighborhood’, a graphic novel published in 1999 that has more than a few similarities to … Continue reading 7 Ways ‘War in the Neighborhood’ is the Comic Book version of RENT

Nine Must-Read Texts About European Squatting Scenes

As we run our most recent crowdfunding project, we have taken a dive into the history of squatting as a practice of anti-capitalist resistance. In many parts of North America, it’s difficult to conceive of squatting as anything other than a romantic ideal – except for the fact that settler societies are squatter societies by … Continue reading Nine Must-Read Texts About European Squatting Scenes

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In addition to reviewing and sharing political comics, Ad Astra Comix is hard at work as a small press. We focus on publishing comics that are critical of power structures, tell diverse stories and are fun to read. The Beast: Making a Living on a Dying Planet Editor & Producer: Patrick McCurdy Author: Hugh Goldring … Continue reading Publications