Graphic Novel Trilogy: Suffrajitsu: Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons
Tony Wolf and Joao Vieira. Suffrajitsu: Mrs. Pankhurst's Amazons. Seattle: Jet City, 2015.
Era: Post-Suffrage Era | Media: Book-Fiction, Cartoons, Graphic Novel, Illustration
Suffrajitsu: Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons comprises three suffrage-themed graphic novels, set in World War I-era Britain, that blend historical fiction with martial arts. Primarily distributed as e-books, the series was written by Tony Wolf and illustrated by Joao Vieira. This excerpt comes from Suffrajitsu‘s website:
The year is 1914, and with Europe on the brink of war, the leaders of the radical women’s rights movement are fugitives from the law. Their last line of defence is the elite secret society of “Amazons”; women trained in the martial art of Bartitsu and sworn to protect their leaders from arrest and assault. The stakes dramatically rise when the Amazons are thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse against an aristocratic, Utopian cult.
Though the secret society featured in the trilogy is fictitious, Wolf was inspired by an actual group of suffragette bodyguards.
For a more extensive account of some British suffragists’ use of militant tactics, see Andrew Rosen’s Rise Up, Women!: The Militant Campaign of the Women’s Social and Political Union, 1903-1914.