Bob Kohn, the founder of RoyaltyShare, wanted to file an amicus brief in the Department of Justice’s e-book price-fixing case, but Judge Denise L. Cote told him his 25-page argument was too long and that he had to keep it to five pages. So he made his brief into a comic.
“I thought of the idea of using pictures which, as we know, paint a thousand words,” Kohn told The New York Times, but it’s a little hard to see how that made his argument more efficient. Drawn by Julia Alekseyeva, the comic consists mostly of Kohn discussing his take on the case with a female friend — a pretty common format for non-fiction comics. Perhaps breaking his thoughts down into single panels made it easier for Kohn to be concise. If you are fascinated by this case, or by narrative non-fiction, check out the whole comic here. Thanks to Judge Cote’s five-page limit, it’s a quick read.