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Red Tape: Controlling the International Flow of Apparel

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 By Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
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2014 0109ld fb"Red Tape," our second strip with Melissa Mendes in "Our Fashion Year," our yearlong look at international gender and labor issues (click here for "Fast Fashion," "Let's Go Shopping" and "The Business of Thrift" with Julia Gfrörer, and Mendes' previous strip, "Zoned"), takes on the policies and people that govern the international flow of garments through the United States. Sound boring? That's 'cause I'm leaving out the parts about bras and terrorists.

As always, our archive of previous strips can be found here. Next month's strip will trace the apparel production line back even farther: to the offshore manufacturers where the garments are produced, and who makes them.

Ladydrawers - Red Tape

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Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a comics journalist, cultural critic, and author of several award-winning, best-selling nonfiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press), Cambodian Grrrl, and Threadbare (Microcosm Publishing). She is a Fulbright scholar, a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, and is the recipient of a 2016 Write A House Fellowship in Detroit. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Al Jazeera, Salon, The Onion, Talking Points Memo, Wilson Quarterly, Tin House, and in international art exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial and a solo show at the MCA Chicago. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, Voice of America, and in The New York Times, among others. Her most recent book, from Curbside Splendor, is Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes.

Melissa Mendes was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. In 2010, after graduating from the Center for Cartoon Studies, she won a Xeric award to self-publish her book Freddy Stories. Since then, she's worked with Anne on Threadbare and Harvey and Me, published a graphic novel called Lou, and is now working on an epic family saga called The Weight, based on her late grandfather's life. You can see more of her work at mmmendes.com.

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Red Tape: Controlling the International Flow of Apparel

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 By Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
  • Print

2014 0109ld fb"Red Tape," our second strip with Melissa Mendes in "Our Fashion Year," our yearlong look at international gender and labor issues (click here for "Fast Fashion," "Let's Go Shopping" and "The Business of Thrift" with Julia Gfrörer, and Mendes' previous strip, "Zoned"), takes on the policies and people that govern the international flow of garments through the United States. Sound boring? That's 'cause I'm leaving out the parts about bras and terrorists.

As always, our archive of previous strips can be found here. Next month's strip will trace the apparel production line back even farther: to the offshore manufacturers where the garments are produced, and who makes them.

Ladydrawers - Red Tape

Copyright, Truthout. May not be reprinted without permission.

Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a comics journalist, cultural critic, and author of several award-winning, best-selling nonfiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press), Cambodian Grrrl, and Threadbare (Microcosm Publishing). She is a Fulbright scholar, a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, and is the recipient of a 2016 Write A House Fellowship in Detroit. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Al Jazeera, Salon, The Onion, Talking Points Memo, Wilson Quarterly, Tin House, and in international art exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial and a solo show at the MCA Chicago. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, Voice of America, and in The New York Times, among others. Her most recent book, from Curbside Splendor, is Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes.

Melissa Mendes was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. In 2010, after graduating from the Center for Cartoon Studies, she won a Xeric award to self-publish her book Freddy Stories. Since then, she's worked with Anne on Threadbare and Harvey and Me, published a graphic novel called Lou, and is now working on an epic family saga called The Weight, based on her late grandfather's life. You can see more of her work at mmmendes.com.

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