Plutocracy
Plutocracy

Plutocracy

Chronicles of a Global Monopoly

COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

144 Pages, 6.5 x 9

Formats: Hardcover, ebook: PDF

Hardcover, $24.99 (US $24.99) (CA $33.99)

Publication Date: October 2020

ISBN 9781681122687

Price: $24.99
 
 

Overview

This graphic novel envisions a near future governed by a plutocratic system in which politics and wealth go hand in hand

2051. The world's largest company, The Company, has seized power on a planetary scale and runs the world as if it were a business. In a plutocracy, the richer one is, the more powerful one is. The elections have been replaced by general shareholders' meetings where the votes are linked to the number of shares owned by citizens. Government is made up of those who own the most shares and it is the laws of the market that govern everything, creating a strange political system. In this context, an anonymous citizen becomes compelled to uncover how the world came to this situation, without paying any attention to the official version. Without knowing very well why, several members of the government end up encouraging him to carry out this investigation which apparently goes against their interests, by giving him access to all the information. From then on, he decides to pursue two objectives: to discover the true history of The Company and to try to understand what are the various interests that are trying to influence his investigation. The truth behind this power and uncovering it can be frightening but he is determined and has little to lose. At a time when it seems more and more natural that wealthy people such as Silvio Berlusconi or Donald Trump come to political power, this graphic novel envisions the possibility that, in the near future, the world will be governed by a plutocratic system in which it will go without saying that politics and wealth go hand in hand.

Reviews

"Plutocracy is a piece of speculative fiction that presents a reality that is only different from ours in degrees. It is both chilling and illuminating, and like any great work it presents a story that will bring a reader to a new awareness of the reality around them." —William Kulesa, Jersey Journal

"Plutocracy is fine entertainment, but it's also a firm, memorable warning about the dangers of unfettered capitalism." —Peter Dabbene, Foreword Reviews

"Martínez's script brims with tension, and his drawings combine thick inks and agitprop styling. This eye-opening outing will carry an unsavory sense of familiarity for many readers in this troubled time." —Publishers Weekly

"Highly entertaining while at the same time thought-provoking." —Midwest Book Review

"Highly entertaining while at the same time thought-provoking with respect to the role that plutocracy plays in the world today, Plutocracy: Chronicles of a Global Monopoly by Abraham Martinez is an absorbing read from first page to last." —Midwest Book Review

Author Biography

Abraham Martínez has a degree in Fine Arts from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. His previous artistic activity has focused mainly on photography and public art, with a principle interest in social issues. He has participated in numerous individual and collective exhibitions and has won prizes such as the Young Plastic Arts Prize of the Complutense University of Madrid or the Cultures Prize awarded by the Ministry of Culture. He has also worked as an illustrator for periodicals, has been editor of a magazine aimed at cultural professionals and currently works as a cultural manager.