Turning News Into Art: First U.S. Comics Journalism Magazine Launches Turning News Into Art: First U.S. Comics Journalism Magazine Launches
Education and Technology:
Microsoft Learning Tools is software that helps improve reading skills by reducing visual crowding, highlighting words, and reading text aloud, so students can engage with words in a whole new way.Learn more
- Most Read
Why Notre Dame Students Walked Out During Mike Pence’s Commencement Speechby Raleigh Van Ness
Portland Now Generates Electricity From Turbines Installed In City Water Pipesby Rafi Schwartz
Billy Bush Is Back—And, Wow, Is He Woke?
Texas Passes Bill To Prevent Non-Christians From Adopting Kidsby Kate Ryan
Here’s Chris Cornell’s Last Tweet To His Wife Before He Suddenly Passed Awayby Adam Albright-Hanna
Resistance In The Time Of Protest Selfiesby Tasbeeh Herwees
Meet The New Breed Of Western Traveler: The "Beg-Packer"by Pip Usher
Life Noggin Creates A Video To Debunk The Flat Earth Theoryby Tod Perry
Stephen Colbert Compares Obama And Trump’s Scandals In A Hilarious ‘Then And Now’ Segmentby Tod Perry
Turning News Into Art: First U.S. Comics Journalism Magazine Launches
by Carly Cody
I took a graphic novels course this quarter and the syllabus included journalist Joe Sacco's Footnotes in Gaza, an illustrated account of two incidents of mass killings of Palestinians during the Suez War. To tell you that Sacco's work is already being integrated into academia is to say that comics journalism isn't new. But what is new is its intersection with digital opportunities. Case in point: Last week's launch of Symbolia, a new tablet magazine that is the first U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to comics journalism.
The digital magazine blends illustration, audio clips, and in-depth reporting to create a different type of news narrative. Erin Polgreen, the magazine's founder, describes it as "turning the news into art."
The first issue contains stories with topics ranging from Zambian psychedelic rock to life as a journalist in Iraqi Kurdistan and is available for free as a PDF or a download on your iPad.
Symbolia offers an engaging form of visual storytelling while also appealing to the technologically-driven. But it can be easy to dismiss new forms of media as passing fads. Do you think this innovative approach will last?
Get the first issue free as a PDF here.
Image via Symbolia