On Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune published “Eastland Disaster,” a nonfiction illustrated narrative reconstructing a July 24, 1915 disaster that killed hundreds in Chicago. The project comes from graphics producers Rick Tuma and Ryan Marx. Via email, Tuma answered some questions about the project, the medium and what he discovered from 100-year-old newspapers.
To start, I saw this project was called a “nonfiction illustrated narrative.” I’ve also seen the terms graphic journalism and comics journalism. Is there any consensus on what we should call projects like this?
This is actually my second project. The first — “Harsh Treatment” — published late in 2014. As we were wrapping up, discussions were going on behind the scenes regarding what to call this style of journalism. Read more