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Scarlett and Sophie Rickard

Graphic novelists

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

An epic graphic novel adaptation of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is in progress, to be published by SelfMadeHero in Autumn 2020. Follow the blog to watch it grow…

Mann’s Best Friend

Two families, one unsuitable dog, and a bank robbery – find out more about our first graphic novel, Mann’s Best Friend.

Carrie’s Cough

A true story, using original private letters, reveals a world of adventure and misadventure in 1880s Britain and Australia – find out more about Carrie’s Cough.

HEAT

Britain swelters under a heatwave, and 16 year-old Joe must get to the truth before it’s too late. Find out more about our young-adult graphic fiction in progress, HEAT.

What we’re up to…

Owen’s practical demonstration of Marx’s theory of surplus economics is possibly the most famous scene in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. It is a powerful moment, told with great humour. It laid bare the ‘trick’ that the capitalist class uses to extort labour from the working......

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a realistic novel, but at the same time it is an allegory or mythical representation of a wider problem. The town of Mugsborough represents the whole of capitalist democratic society, just as Manor Farm can represent the whole of Russia......

This pair of chapters has a focus on the role of religion and the organised church in the life of the working classes. Chapter 6 opens with a wide ranging lunchtime debate in which all the men air their views – Sawkins is typically silly,......