Monday, July 17, 2017 at 7:01 a.m.
Courtesy Black Mask Studios
Imagine a future in which California secedes from the United States after a fascist president orders all immigrants to leave. The new comic book Calexit, expected to be one of the stars of the show at San Diego Comic Con this week, takes its readers into a dystopian world that has strange parallels, many unintended, to today’s political environment.
Los Angeles-based creator Matteo Pizzolo said he and co-author Amancay Nahuelpan started conceiving story before President Trump was nominated and that they were unaware of the real-life Calexit movement, manifest in an initiative by a group called the California Freedom Coalition. One of the original organizers of Calexit, Marcus Ruiz Evans, said he doesn’t know the term’s history. “No one knows who invented the term or made it the term to use,” he said via email.
The latest independence measure, which aims for the statewide ballot next year, would give voters options that would take steps toward independence from the United States, a goal scholars and the California Legislative Analyst’s office say is not legally possible.
Pizzolo is making one vision of a California nation possible through fiction, although he says his story, which includes the journey of Mexican immigrant Zora and her compatriot Jamil, is neither a warning against secession or an endorsement.
“The book itself is not a polemic for or against secession,” he says. “In the story, California is forced to secede when a lot of people are put into a position where they need to take principled stances and conflicts…
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