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Rising Up: Depictions of Social Protest in Comics

is an exhibit that will be on display in the SDSU Special Collections & University Archives Gallery, (1st Floor of Love Library) from March - December 2024

Curated by Pamela Jackson, SDSU Comic Arts Librarian and Co-Director of the Center for Comics Studies

Social protest has been a recurring theme in comic books, with many writers and artists using the medium to express their political views and social commentary. The comics on display in this year-long exhibit depict different types of protests on a variety of topics, including bodily autonomy, human and civil rights, racial violence, police brutality, antiwar, government policy, environmental issues, fair labor conditions and living wages, and wealth inequality. 

Here is a bibliography of comics that include depictions of social protest. Many of them are on display. 

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