August 19, 2011

To some, the only connection between comics and newspapers is in the funny pages, or a single panel editorial cartoon. However, a new breed of journalist is emerging: one that is as comfortable conducting interviews and following leads as he or she is sitting behind a drawing board with brush pens.

This first in a two-part series explains the difference between the various approaches used by news organizations of incorporating visuals into their stories: from satirical, opinionated political cartoons to long-form reportage.

Click below for an Interactive Experience

The comic below was designed to be read with supporting information, in some cases adding more details about a particular journalists’ work, in others, attributing the source material that the panel references.

In order to fully explore the piece in this way, click on the pages below and a new, larger version will display in a pop-up window. Once it does, hover with your cursor over different parts of the panels for related links to the content. Preview descriptions describing the content will appear (when available) if you hover over the panels for a few seconds. Then click to view the source material in a new browser window.

Dan Archer is a comics journalist and recent John S. Knight Fellow.

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Dan Archer creates non-fictional, journalistic comics to offer a new perspective on US foreign and domestic policy and give voice to stories that wouldn’t otherwise…
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