Anarchy? Ha!

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With a few exceptions, anarchists are not known for comedy. This is unfortunate; the vicissitudes of late capitalism are nothing if not farcical, and nothing is more persuasive than humor—to laugh at a joke is to acknowledge its premises.

While we have yet to unearth the great anarchist comic of our generation, we have discovered a ’zine that satirizes the North American anarchist subculture to great effect. Allow us to introduce the Super Happy Anarcho Fun Pages, the 12th issue of which has just been released. All twelve issues are freely available online, courtesy of www.tangledwilderness.org.

The SHAFP offer enlightening takes on many subjects, including the environment…

…animal liberation…

…pacifism…

…direct action…

…privilege…

…expropriation…

…alternatives to anarchism…

…cross-subcultural organizing…

…recruiting for the cause…

…and the utopian vision of a better world than motivates anarchist struggle:

Suffice it to say that, should you happen to share the author’s subcultural reference points, you will find this ’zine very funny. On the other hand, if you do not, you will be puzzled as to why we directed you to something that appears to be the work of a three-year-old.

4 thoughts on “Anarchy? Ha!

  1. This is great stuff – though never could find the link to their zines- Thanks!
    I knew I recognized this style somewhere. . .

    A couple weeks ago I finished reading a zine called “a steampunk’s guide to the apocalypse.” While at times fantastical (as civilization won’t just disappear one day by itself) it nevertheless has some really great, well explained ideas in it for water purification, solar cooking, composting, and lots of other useful stuff with illustrations by the same person (apparently) who draws these comics.

    Find it (imposed) here:
    hxxp://www.steampunkmagazine.com/pdfs/steampunksguide-imposed.pdf

  2. Steampunk Magazine 4 also reports an excerpt from one of your publications…I thought you were pals in some ways!
    Anyway, their ‘zines are really good!

  3. We should seriously look into starting publications, publishers, printers, writers, newspapers, and magazines. I mean, what ever happened to Mother Earth?! (To answer myself: death and many, many decades, but still!)

    And this reminds me of an anarchism-oriented xkcd. (www.xkcd.com if you’re romantic at heart (and a nerd) you can’t help but love it).

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