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I Went Undercover At A Melbourne Pick-Up Artist Convention: A Comic By David Blumenstein

Remember Julien Blanc's Melbourne tour last year? We had someone on the inside.

In November last year, notorious pick-up artist Julien Blanc’s tour of Australian cities was met with protests, boycotts and clashes between men’s rights activists and protesters, eventually forcing Blanc to cancel his tour and leave the country. Cartoonist David Blumenstein went undercover to one of those conventions-turned-protests in Melbourne, curious to meet the kinds of people — of all persuasions — likely to turn up.

He’s turned the experience into a graphic novel, #Takedown, which is coming out tomorrow. Here’s an exclusive intro.

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David Blumenstein has done comics for Crikey and The Guardian. Sometimes he blogs school reports by his little brother Tristian. He works out of Squishface Studio in Melbourne, and tweets from @nakedfella. His new book #Takedown: My evening on a pier with pick-up artists and protesters is being launched on August 20 at 6:30pm at Books Kinokuniya, Sydney. Bookings here