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As The World Burns

A graphic novel
by: Derrick Jensen & Stephanie McMillan

June 23rd, 2008 · post by Fred Goodsell · Make a comment

As The World Burns
As The World Burns

50 simple things you can do to stay in denial
A Graphic Novel Derrick Jensen & Stephanie McMillan

“We will go quietly, meekly, to the end of the world, if only you allow us to believe that buying low energy light bulbs will save us.”

Inside these 220 odd pages hides the unhinged reverie of author and activist Derrick Jensen. Aliens that crap gold, one-eyed terrorist rabbits and talking trees are just some of the characters that make up this witty yet wacky tale dealing with the destruction of the natural world from the perspectives of earths different inhabitants. However behind this comic veneer “As The World Burns” addresses some of the most important issues that face humanity today.

‘As The World Burns’ presents the contradictions of action being taken against global warming and the destruction of the planet, drawing attention to the falsities of putting faith in small lifestyle changes and consumer habits as a catalyst for social change. This book is for all those that feel they are “doing there bit” buying into ethical shopping and advertising campaigns drummed up by the marketing maestros of the world’s largest corporations.

Those familiar with Jensen’s other work, specifically ‘Endgame Volumes I and II’ will probably recognise some reoccurring themes in his work. Like his other books this graphic novel also looks at social issues such as the power structures in the police force and there relationships with the general public, the contradictions of pacifism, vivisection and the defective nature of bureaucracy amongst others.

McMillan’s illustrations are naïve yet captivating, offsetting Jensen’s writing well rather than eclipsing it. Each character is well considered in appearance and her individual style helps to create substance in each scene.

Jocular and charming yet ferociously political, poignant and engrossing. ‘As The World Burns’ could just save us all! Give a copy to family members, next door neighbours even your local politician and ask them what they are going to do about the crimes against nature that are occurring every day around the world.

Published by Seven Stories Press

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