Fast Fashion Through the Eyes of a Comic (Spoiler: It's Not Funny)

Published with permission from Truthout

Published with permission from Truthout

When I was little, comics used to be something I would get excited about every Saturday morning. As I awaited the newspaper to see the latest antics of Garfield and the Peanuts, laughing to myself at the turn of every page, I imagined living in the fictional world of these cartoon characters. But as I grew older and began to understand the intricacies of political cartoons and read weighted graphic novels like Fun Home (now on Broadway), I realized that the things I once thought were purely fun and games were actually an extremely powerful and compelling form of communication.

Artists who know how to influentially use comics have the power to make a larger impact than text alone. Anne Elizabeth Moore is one of these artists. A member of the Ladydrawers Comics Collective, a group that researches, performs, and publishes comics and texts about how economics, race, sexuality, and gender affects society, Moore spearheaded the 'Our Fashion Year,' a yearlong series which "explores international women's labor and unravels the threads that weave together fast fashion and human trafficking." 

The first comic in the series, "Fast Fashion" (excerpt above) explores how sexuality is expressed both by the 'docile' women who make clothes and the women who consume them. Explore the rest of the series here.

Moral of the Story: We all love comics, but when the laughter stops we are left with memorable and powerful messages. In this case - fast fashion isn't funny.