nonfiction

radio comics, short journalism

radio comics

I’ve made something of a habit of making comics about something you can’t see: radio and audio storytelling. My first foray was in 1999: a short comics called Radio:an Illustrated Guide, co-written with Ira Glass and about the way This American Life was (is) made. It also sets you to encourage and equip you (in […]

November 18th 2014

nonfiction, radio comics

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.