Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia

Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia
A Graphic Biography
Foreword by Angela Y. Davis
Edited by Paul Buhle, Andrew T. Lamas

"Meet the Radical Philosopher Who Inspired the New Left"
Apr 16, 2019

An excerpt from Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia appears in Yes! Magazine

- Nick Thorkelson

"Paul Buhle's Radical Renaissance"
Apr 15, 2019

A profile of Paul Buhle in Madison Magazine, detailing his relationship with City Lights Books and his work on Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia. 

- Doug Moe

Foreword Reviews
Mar 1, 2019

"Nick Thorkelson tackles the formidable task of distilling the life and work of a respected modern philosopher into a well-paced graphic biography in Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia. . . . serves as an excellent summary of Marcuse's ideas and his lasting influence."––Peter Dabbene

Mar 15, 2019

"This graphic biography serves as both a chronicle of his eventful, peripatetic life and an introduction to his philosophical works and political theories . . . thanks to Thorkelson's sprightly, cartoonish drawings and slightly irreverent approach."––Gordon Flagg

Comics Grinder
Apr 12, 2019

"Nick Thorkelson has crafted quite an engaging book based on the life and work of one of the great philosophers of the modern era, Herbert Marcuse. … With a sense of great timing, Nick Thorkelson brings to the reader an essential and inspiring guide to one of our great thinkers. On each page, from one panel to the next, Mr. Thorkelson has condensed various bits of information into a seamless presentation that is easy on the eyes, both engaging and highly informative. The whole book is a delight as it is clearly organized and designed with a keen sense of style. Thorkelson's cartoons are highly sophisticated and such a pleasure to behold in their own right. You can say that the artwork expresses the Marcuse joie de vivre quite fittingly."––Henry Chamberlain

Publishers Weekly
Mar 1, 2019

"Thorkelson's thoroughly researched biography focuses on the ideas that made Marcuse a firebrand . . . it concisely sums up the antiestablishment leftist’s complex and evolving arguments on power, patriarchy, and human possibility . . . Thorkelson’s art, reminiscent of Larry Gopnick’s Cartoon History series, spices up panels with visual gags and broad caricatures. . . . a useful summary of Marcuse’s thinking . . ."

Library Journal
Jan 31, 2019

"Cartoonist Thorkelson (The Earth Belongs to the People) presents the life of philosopher Herbert Marcuse, a German émigré who escaped the Nazi regime and fled to the United States and taught at a variety of universities. Marcuse was a student of philosopher Martin Heidegger and worked to advance a synthesis of Hegel and Marx that pushed for liberation from the crushing intellectual and spiritual domination of capitalism. His major works include One-Dimensional Man and Eros and Civilization, which are still part of college courses today. Marcuse believed in a life of play and joy, and Thorkelson's somewhat cartoonish style befits this aspect despite the serious nature of the topic. Panels are rich in visual allusions, ranging from George Herriman’s Krazy & Ignatz comics to Eugène Delacroix’s painting Liberty Leading the People. Thorkelson further draws parallels with present-day left-wing concerns, enhancing the overall appeal for like-minded readers, assuming some familiarity with the personalities and philosophies of the intellectual left from the 1930s to the 1980s. For fans of graphic biographies, 20th-century philosophy, historical leftist ideology, and current radical political movements."––Evan M. Anderson