Portraits of Violence

Portraits of Violence

An Illustrated History of Radical Thinking

By Brad Evans and Sean Michael Wilson, Illustrated by Carl Thompson, Robert Brown, Mike Medaglia and Chris Mackenzie


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Bringing together established academics and award-winning comic book writers and illustrators, Portraits of Violence illustrates the most compelling ideas and episodes in the critique of violence.

Hannah Arendt, Franz Fanon, Jacques Derrida, Edward Said, Paolo Freire, Michel Foucault, Susan Sontag, Noam Chomsky, Judith Butler, and Giorgio Agamben—each have ten pages to tell their story in this innovative graphic title.


[If] there’s a single strong underlying message running throughout Portraits of Violence, it’s one of pedagogical change; of the need to educate future generations to view the world through a critical lens, and to forever question the narrative woven by the media. Portraits of Violence is an extremely timely book, then, and one adapted with both reverence and soul.

– Carl Doherty, Shelf Abuse

I strongly urge you to read this… a compelling and challenging collection that needs to seen by everybody in power or comfortably submitting to it.

– Comics Review

Reviews for Brad Evans’ Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle :

…the book confronts the violence and ethos of disposability represented by the prevalent neoliberalism of the Obama/Clinton age, the subservience of education to the requisites of the corporate economy, and the way that violence is now sold to us as entertainment. This is a must-read book for anyone ready to transcend fear and imagine a new reality.

– Tikkun Magazine

This is an attractive collection of the spectacle-of-violence musings of Fanon, Sontag, Arendt, Freire, Foucault, Butler, Chomsky et al, stuffed with seminar-ready questions and brought to life by artists from Carl Thompson to Michiru Morikawa.

– Times Higher Education

Evans and Wilson’s passion on the subject strongly shines through making this collection a fascinating read whilst being a great showcase for diverse group of talents and offering varied discussion points on a very serious issue.

– Turnaround

Reviews for Brad Evans’ Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle :

It is in this spirit of interrogation that Disposable Futures is situated. Evans is here joined by the American-Canadian Cultural critic Henry Giroux, who is well-known for his critical writings on education. It is no surprise, then, that the book, drawing on the writings of the Brazilian educator and philosopher Paolo Freire, should be so focussed on the transformative powers of critical pedagogy.

– Jack D. Palmer, International Association of Genocide Scholars


Chapter 1 Brad Evans & Thinking Against Violence
Illustrated by Inko
Chapter 2 Hannah Arendt & The Banality of Evil
Illustrated by Chris Mackenzie
Chapter 3 Frantz Fanon & The Wretched of the Earth
Illustrated by Carl Thompson
Chapter 4 Paolo Friere & The Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Illustrated by Samuel Williams
Chapter 5 Michel Foucault & Society Must Be Defended
Illustrated by Robert Brown
Chapter 6 Edward Said & Orientalism
Illustrated by Carl Thompson
Chapter 7 Susan Sontag & Regarding the Pain of Others
Illustrated by Lorna Miller
Chapter 8 Noam Chomsky & Manufacturing Consent
Illustrated by Carl Thompson
Chapter 9 Judith Butler & Precarious Lives
Illustrated by Diego Guerra
Chapter 10 Giorgio Agamben & Sovereign Power/Bare Life
Illustrated by Yen Quach