It was the eve of the 2016 election, his friends were protesting in the street, and R. Alan Brooks wanted to write a graphic novel. Was he being vain? Self-indulgent? In this inspiring talk, Alan explains why activism needs your art. Art can scare a dictator and change the world. R. Alan Brooks teaches writing for Regis University’s MFA program and the Lighthouse Writers Workshop. He created & wrote the graphic novels, “The Burning Metronome” and “Anguish Garden,” and hosts the popular “MotherF**ker In A Cape” Podcast, which focuses on marginalized members of the geek world. He writes a weekly comic, “What’d I Miss?,” for The Colorado Sun, and has written comic books for Pop Culture Classroom & Zenescope Entertainment. Alan is a musician and stage host, regularly emceeing events like the DINK Awards Show & Arise Music Festival. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at