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!Brigadistas! An American Anti-Fascist in the Spanish Civil War


In this exhilarating graphic novel about the Spanish Civil War, three American friends set off from Brooklyn to join in the fightdetermined to make Spain “the tomb of fascism” for the sake of us all. Together they defy the U.S. government and join the legendary Abraham Lincoln Brigade, throw themselves into battle, and conduct sabotage missions behind enemy lines. As Spain is shattered by the savagery of combat during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), readers see the darkening clouds of the World War to come.

Artist Anne Timmons has created a thrilling graphic novel in the spirit of the “war comic” genre that appeared after the attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States’ entry into World War II. Drawing upon the real-life experiences of Lincoln Brigade veteran Abe Osheroff, writer Miguel Ferguson offers a lively, accessible resource based on actual events during the Great Depression and the Spanish Civil War. ¡Brigadistas! will stir the memories of older audiences who remember the Spanish Civil War as a time of unparalleled international solidarity and heartbreak, and it will expose young audiences to the passions, politics, and conflicts of a bygone era with striking contemporary relevance.

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What people are saying about ¡Brigadistas! 

The boundless courage and abiding heroism of Americans who risked everything to fight against fascism — illuminated beautifully by Miguel Ferguson & Paul Buhle and artist Anne Timmons in this moving and unforgettable account of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War.”

Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, Co-authors, The Untold History of the United States

“The art is dazzling. Timmons isn’t just reworking old comics but she’s channeling them and making them her own.”

Henry Chamberlain, Comicsgrinder

“¡Brigadistas! offers a stunning presentation of the struggles of ordinary blue collar American youngsters in the American Lincoln Battalion   joining with an international crew of volunteers to stop fascism   before it could spread beyond Germany and Italy. Young readers especially will appreciate   the combination   of clear narrative and the brilliant art of Anne Timmons.”

Daniel Czitrom, Ford Foundation History Professor at Mt. Holyoke College, and Chair Emeritus of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives

“An excellent idea — one of the most dramatic social conflicts of the twentieth century conveyed in compelling graphic form. At marches and demonstrations, the old guys always captured our attention: “Hey it’s the Lincoln Brigade.” And here we have the story of these “premature anti-fascists” who started the long struggle to defend democracy a little early in Spain.”

James Barrett, famed historian of labor and the Left, Professor Emeritus of History and African American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“Anne Timmons has wonderfully captured the drama and tragedy of the Spanish Civil War, the heroism of the Lincoln. Battalion volunteers, and the life of one working class American who offered his life to fight fascism.”

Sharon Kahn Rudahl, illustrator of Ballad of an American: The Story of Paul Robeson


Miguel Ferguson is an award-winning professor, author, and educational entrepreneur. As the founder of the company OfCourse!, he creates innovative curricula and provides training on public policy and social justice topics. Anne Timmons is a Portland-based painter and illustrator whose work has appeared in a range of national magazines. In addition to teaming up with Trina Robbins on illustrated  biographies and adaptations, she has worked with Paul Buhle on Studs Terkel’s Working and Bohemians. Paul Buhle is a retired Brown University Senior Lecturer, has authored and edited more than forty books on the American and Caribbean Left, and is the editor of more than a dozen nonfiction graphic novels. Fraser M. Ottanelli teaches the history of U.S. radicalism and immigration at the University of South Florida.

Publication Date: 09/01/22

Number of Pages: 120

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-58367-960-9

Cloth ISBN: 978-1-58367-961-6

eBook ISBN: 978-1-58367-962-3