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Gainesville, FL: Scott Camil at Matheson History Museum
November 2, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT
We are honored to welcome anti-war and environmental activist Scott Camil back to the Matheson to discuss his brand-new graphic novel “Winter Warrior” (Fantagraphics, 2019), which was illustrated by cartoonist Eve Gilbert. A book signing will follow Mr. Camil’s presentation.
The year is 1965. Fresh out of high school and gung-ho to serve his country, Scott Camil joins the marines and soon finds himself in the thick of combat in Vietnam. He can never forget what he witnesses there: corrupt and incompetent leaders, the constant, sudden death of his close friends, the sadistic rape and slaughter of Vietnamese women and children—all of which bears heavily on his conscience. Returning to civilian life, Camil adopts a righteous cause: tell the American people about what’s really going on in Vietnam.
Through the unflinching personal journey of a hardened marine turned dogged anti-war activist, “Winter Warrior” reveals the brutal reality of the Vietnam war and the bleak political reality on the domestic front. Cartoonist Eve Gilbert renders Camil’s story with empathy, nuance, and a dash of humor, her impressionistic imagery a perfect complement to his blunt words. As the American military continues to wage war throughout the globe, Camil’s anti-authoritarian attitude and fearless whistleblowing is as vital today as it was then.
Scott Camil is a Vietnam veteran known worldwide for his anti-war and environmental activism. He made a name for himself as an outspoken participant in the boldly anti-war Winter Soldier Investigation in 1971 (and appeared in the 1972 documentary “Winter Soldier”), and subsequently joined the Vietnam Veterans Against the War and became a leader within the organization. Since 1987, Camil has been President of the Gainesville Chapter of the Veterans for Peace. Also notable for his environmental activism, Camil serves as Political Chair of the Suwannee St-Johns Sierra Club and founded Stand By Our Plan, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting wetlands from commercial development. He lives in Gainesville, Florida, with his wife.
This event is sponsored in part by Visit Gainesville / Alachua County, FL and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.on