Dan Archer has a very nice comic at the Poynter Institute website—a site devoted to journalism, not comics—about the use of comics in journalism. It’s an explanatory comic about comics, in the Scott McCloud tradition (complete with bold-face for the important terms), but it adds a new dimension: Click on a panel and you are taken to a new page with source material and background information. That’s the sort of thing you can only do on the web, and I can only think of a handful of comics that have used it (Josh Neufeld’s AD: New Orleans After the Deluge being a stellar example). It’s a natural for online journalism, and with more periodicals shifting to the web and the iPad, it’s something I’d like to see more of.
Darryl Cunningham has posted a fascinating new comic at his site, Murderer’s Eyes, the (apparently true) tale of a man with many strange delusions—among other things, he believes he was kidnapped by mass murderers and that their eyes had been transplanted into his head. As fascinating as this man’s many delusions are—and I urge you to read the short comic just for that—Cunningham’s explanation for why he doesn’t belong in a mental institution is equally interesting. This story is destined for the second volume of Cunningham’s Psychiatric Tales, the first volume of which was just published this spring, but grab the chance and read it now.
Sarah Glidden is winning plaudits all over for How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, and while that title is obviously facetious, here’s another project of hers that uses comics to explain a complex situation: The Waiting Room, a non-fiction webcomic about the lives of Iraqi refugees in Syria. If your mental picture of refugees includes skeletal people huddling in mud-spattered tents, go read this comic; these refugees are living in an urban area, but they are still trapped in limbo, unable to work or leave. Sarah “puts a face on the problem,” as we say in the newspaper biz, by allowing several of the refugees to tell their own stories. It’s great documentary comics and well worth a look.