Throughout human history, the desire to form an ideal society has endured; from the goal of the United States’ “more perfect union,” to sanctuary for freed slaves in Liberia. Yet, there are many lesser known, but also impressive efforts where groups pursued a true utopia. Discover 30 of these places in This Land Is My Land, a nonfiction illustrated exploration of the dream of creating the perfect society.
Readers will discover efforts ranging from Intentional Communities to Micronations, and everything in-between. From the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands, to the Indian rock garden of Nek Chand and the world’s longest-lived micronation: Sealand. Whether they were building an ideal community, a safe haven, an inspiring structure, or a better-run country, these creators struck out against the laws of their homelands, the approval of their peers, or even nature itself to shape the world around them. By New York Times bestselling author, cartoonist, and editor at The Nib Andy Warner and illustrator and cartoonist Sofie Louise Dam, This Land Is My Land is a compelling look at stories of rebellion, vision, and luck, as eccentric as they are empowering reflections of the universal desire to build something better.
About the Authors
Andy Warner is the author of the New York Times bestselling Brief Histories of Everyday Objects. He is a contributing editor at The Nib, and his comics have been published by Slate, Fusion, American Public Media, the United Nations, and BuzzFeed. He teaches cartooning at Stanford University and The Animation Workshop in Denmark, works from his dining table in Berkeley, California, and comes from the sea.
Sofie Louise Dam is a cartoonist and illustrator from Denmark. She earned a BA in Graphic Storytelling from The Animation Workshop in 2017 and her comics have been published by The Nib, Illustoria, and Dagbladet Politiken. She lives and works in Copenhagen.
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