American Cult: A Graphic History of Religious Cults in America from the Colonial Era to Today
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From its earliest days, America was a home for spiritual seekers.
In 1694, the religious tolerance of the Pennsylvania Colony enticed a Transylvanian monk and his forty followers to cross the Atlantic. Almost two hundred years later, a charismatic preacher founded a utopian community in Oneida, New York, that practiced socialism and free love. In the 1960s and '70s, a new generation of seekers gathered in vegetarian restaurants in Los Angeles, Satanic coffee shops in New Orleans, and fortified communes in Philadelphia. And in the twenty-first century, gurus find their flocks through self-help seminars and get-rich-quick schemes.
Across the decades, Americans in search of divine truths have turned to unconventional prophets for the answers. Some of these prophets have demanded their faith, fortunes, and even their very lives. In American Cult, over twenty cartoonists explore the history of these groups with clarity and empathy--digging deep to find the human stories within.
Featuring the talents of Lara Antal, Brian "Box" Brown, Ryan Carey, Rosa Colón Guerra, Mike Dawson, Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg, Mike Freiheit, Emi Gennis, Andrew Greenstone, Janet Harvey, Josh Kramer, Jesse Lambert, Ellen Lindner, Lonnie Mann, Ben Passmore, Jim Rugg, Robert Sergel, Vreni Stollberger, Steve Teare, and J.T. Yost.
2021 PW Graphic Novel Critics Poll - Honorable Mention
2022 Cartoonist Studio Prize Nominee - Print Comics
May 18, 2021
6.0 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author
Robyn Chapman is an editor, a publisher, and (sometimes) a cartoonist. She was the first fellow at the Center for Cartoon and later became their program coordinator and a faculty member. During her time at CCS she was honored with MFA, having previously earned her BFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Currently, she is an editor at First Second.