nonfiction

radio comics, short journalism

Waiting for Douglas Coupland

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One of my more, ahem, opinion-infused “journalistic” comics—about the (non) appearance by Douglas Coupland at a Chicago bookstore.

Camille Paglia

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Here’s the strip that started it all: “Camille Paglia” is a report on a talk that she gave at the University of Chicago in 1994, and was the first journalistic/researched nonfiction piece I ever did.

Godzilla

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A report on the 1995 Godzilla Con in suburban Chicago, first published in the NewCity (Chicago). Featuring Very Special Guest Alex Wald!

Big new project in the works: Out on the wire: Ira Glass and radio’s new masters of story

I’ve been dropping hints about this regularly for the last year or so, but here’s the official word: I am at work on a major project on narrative techniques and ideas of the new generation of great American journalists/storytellers on the radio. Jumping off from Radio: an Illustrated Guide, a 32-page comic I did in collaboration with […]

Out on the wire: Ira Glass and radio’s new masters of story

I’ve been dropping hints about this regularly for the last year or so, but here’s the official word: I am at work on a major project on narrative techniques and ideas of the new generation of great American journalists/storytellers on the radio. Jumping off from Radio: an Illustrated Guide, a 32-page comic I did in […]

short nonfiction

My first nonfiction stories were a series of event reports for the NewCity, a free weekly newspaper in Chicago, where I lived. I went on to work for lots of other publications, including the Baffler, the New Art Examiner, the LA Weekly, Legal Affairs Magazine, and Playboy.com. I will be posting the pieces one by one on my blog, but if […]

June 18th 2013

nonfiction

Radio: an Illustrated Guide

In 1998, I was living in Mexico City, making comics and illustration, and trying to maintain a professional life in the USA. Not easy in a not-ready-for-prime-time internet situation. Email was well-established, but Skype barely existed, and working in a fully digital, borderless way just wasn’t the norm. I was best pals with the Fedex […]

visual scripting: using InDesign to write scripts native to comics

Learn to write comics directly in page layouts without (necessarily) drawing. Stay attuned to the visual: draft comics in words and design simultaneously.

¿Qué es una “novela gráfica”? (i.e. ‘What is a ‘graphic novel’?”)

¿Qué es una “novela grafica”?—’What is a ‘graphic novel’?” poster is published in Spanish and distributed to libraries and schools across Colombia.

Outtakes from Comics: Philosophy and Practice

I’m in the midst of work on a 4-page comic reportage on the Comics: Philosophy and Practice conference, that featured a series of panels with some of the greatest cartoonists of the modern era. And as anyone who’s ever done journalistic comics (and probably journalism of any kind) knows, most of your best material ends […]