Strike comics are comics made as part of industrial action. Making strike comics is probably the greatest form of political cartooning.
These two collections of strike comics were made by Lydia Wysocki as part of the 2019 and 2020 University and College Union industrial action for fair pensions and fair working conditions. 22000 printed double-sided leaflets were distributed on the picket lines (1000 per day, 8 days in 2019 and 14 days in 2020) and the comics were also shared on social media. Thanks and solidarity to the Newcastle University branch of UCU for providing the content of these comics based on members’ experiences, and for this slightly-daft-but-incredibly-effective comics distribution strategy.
Free download of leaflet PDFs from 2020 ‘strike 3’ (days 1-13: print double sided on A4 paper, cut to A5 size; day 14: print as booklet, A4 folded once to A5)
day 1 welcome back and strike bingo day 2 dis ability and end of week 1 day 3 precarity and working learning conditions day 4 mental health and social invite tue 25th feb day 5 good league table bad league table day 6 how and why to strike day 7 overheard on campus day 8 strategy shark day 9 professional services day 10 week four day 11 playground day 12 you tube day 13 march 12th social day 14 scooby doo mysteries
Free download of leaflet PDFs from 2019 ‘strike 2’ (days 1-7: print double sided on A4 paper, cut to A5 size; day 8: print as booklet, A4 folded once to A5)
Free download of single page PDFs from 2019 ‘strike 2’ (these files are set up to print at A4 size; they should scale to A3, depending on your printer settings) 1 a4 / 2 a4 / 3 a4 / 4 a4 / 5 a4 / 6 a4 / 7 a4 / 8 a4 / 9 a4 / 10 a4 / 11 a4 / 12 a4 / 13 a4 / 14 a4 / 15 a4 / 16 a4
Or, you can buy a riso printed poster reminding you to ‘slay the neoliberal beast’, the printed booklet of all 2019 strike comics (Strike 2: Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Stop Worrying About The Future) and all 2018 strike comics (Everyone With A Nose Should Picket) at the strike comics shop. Plans for a printed booklet of all 2020 strike comics (strike 3) are on hold because there’s a pandemic.