Getting woke is hard. As this couple is discovering under 45’s regime, it takes more than listening to NPR on our daily commutes and watching Jon Stewart cameos on our phones in bed while we sip craft beer from artisanal glassware made by at-risk women on another continent to make us global citizens. That won’t stop Alexandra and Michael from trying, though.
Based on the successful McSweeney's column, Amongst the Liberal Elite takes readers on a cross-country road trip with Alex and Michael, romantic partners whose voices will resonate with fans of shows such as Portlandia, Parks and Recreation, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The couple decides to use their tax refund to reconnect with their fellow Americans via a cross-country road trip and, more specifically, better understand how Trump won the election. In a quest to visit The World’s Largest Frying Pan (of which there are six in the U.S.) Alex and Michael embark on a journey marked with personal and societal realizations. Arguments about topics ranging from mom-shaming to misogyny related to their pet cat, unsuccessful attempts at yoga meditations in small spaces, and anticlimactic touristic attractions that deepen their gloom about the nation, bring Alex and Michael clarity about what it means to resist. Amongst the Liberal Elite is the political satire we’ve all been waiting for–one that offers comic relief from ourselves.
About the Author
Elly Lonon, a member of the Liberal Elite herself, is still recovering from growing up in a red state. Born and raised in North Carolina, she moved to Manhattan for graduate school and to pursue a career in the music business. Weary from consistent marginalization by the patriarchy, she left both the industry and NYC, opting to work for a not-for-profit and moving to the suburbs of Jersey where living near a Superfund site promptly gave her cancer. Once in remission, she read far too many self-help books, learned to embrace life, and abandoned her previous career to write and procreate.
Joan Reilly's work was featured most recently in RESIST!, a comics newspaper edited by Francoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman, and in Draw the Line (drawthelinecomics.com), an online anthology of comics promoting political action. Her comics and illustration have been published in many anthologies and literary magazines over the last two decades. She is a co-editor of The Big Feminist BUT: Comics About the IFs, ANDs & BUTs of Feminism, and created illustrations for the "Ask Marilyn" column in Parade magazine for over ten years. For more information, visit joanreilly.com.
"Anyone who’s ever thought the title might apply to them will laugh, while also resolving not to be such a cliché in the future." —The New York Times
"Lonon’s political satire, social commentary is on point." —Essex News Daily
"Hilarious and astute." —Rewire
"Lonon is undeniably clever with a penchant for searing cultural commentary and political satire." —Triad City Beat
“Amongst the Liberal Elite is the perfect gift for your spouse who doesn’t appreciate the toll of emotional labor, for your in-laws who don’t understand feminism, or for your coworker who is always using the office copier to run off flyers for an impromptu weekend march. Most importantly though, it’s for anyone that needs a little comic relief from themselves.” —HumorWriters.org
"To be able to take a popular column made up of clever repartee and turn it into a graphic novel is quite remarkable. I can’t stress enough what an ambitious task that is." —Comics Grinder As seen in: Matters magazine, Greensboro News and Record, Foreword Reviews, Publishers Weekly, The Guilfordian, Lilith, Mountain Xpress, 35 Over 35