We’d like to introduce you to Frank Owen, the frustrated hero of our graphic novel, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. He’s a talented artist working by the hour as a house-painter (1/7)🧵
He lives in a tiny top-floor flat with his wife and child, in a fictional British town called Mugsborough. The year is 1910, and like most working families, the Owens struggle and stretch to make ends meet (2/7)
Owen’s clever and funny, and would be popular at work, if it wasn’t for the way he goes on and on about politics in a way that makes people feel uncomfortable - as though it’s their own fault that their lives are so hard (3/7)
He’s not well - most likely undiagnosed tuberculosis - but he has to keep going or his family would starve (4/7)
Owen finds the energy to ‘educate’ his colleagues, and then the people of his town, about the benefits of Socialism, and how a better standard of living is possible for everyone (5/7)
It’s fair to say his efforts are not appreciated. But in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists the world around Owen keeps proving his point.
How can he get people to listen?
How can he improve lives when he’s on the edge himself?
And that, friends, is the central question of the book - and one it asks you too.
Do we give up and give in?
Or do we keep trying?

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