Exploring 'Comics Journalism'

As journalism moves into new areas, San Francisco Bay Area Journalists' meeting on Wednesday Feb. 26 will explore a fast-growing trend being led by talented reporters -- comics journalism, the art of covering news with a blend of words and drawn images.

At our next meeting, we'll discuss the explosive growth of comics journalism. What is the history of drawn art in journalism? What does the future for comics journalism hold? How is the medium being pioneered in the Bay Area and beyond? Are there different forms of comics journalism? How is it changing in the digital age? How does one become a comics journalist? Can one support oneself?

We'll discuss all this and more with three of the leading practitioners:

Susie Cagle, a leading voice in the development of comics journalism in the Bay Area and beyond. Susie holds a masters in journalism from Columbia (which is notably lacking cartooning class) and has spoken at South by Southwest, The San Francisco International Film Festival and the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her works have appeared in Wired, The American Prospect, The Awl, GOOD, AlterNet, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Nation, Medium, The Boston Review, The New Inquiry, Truthout, Grist, The Hairpin, The Rumpus, McSweeney's, and many, many others. She has been featured in Print Magazine, BoingBoing, NPR, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and, like before, many, many others.

Dan Archer has been in the push to promote comics journalism from the beginning. Originally a citizen of London, Mr. Archer moved to the United States in 2007. Dan received his MFS in cartooning from The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. Dan has taught the graphic novel project through the Creative Writing Department at Stanford University for the past three years, has given lectures on comics journalism at the Online News Association, the Savannah College of Art and Design, Stanford (both J and D school), the University of Hawii-Hilo, and the Eurasia Foundation, among others. Dan's comics have appeared in Alternet, The Guardian UK, The Huffington Post, American Public Media, The Poynter Institute, San Francisco Public Press, Presente, andIndependent World Report, among many, many others. Dan has also worked with several publishers, raining from Penguin and Atlantic Books to Random House and Abrams Comics Arts. (Illustration above courtesy ArchComix.com)

Andy Warner is Bay Area cartoonist, journalist and illustrator. He is a graduate of Cornell University with a focus in Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Studies in 2006. He later earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from The Center for Cartoon Studies. His comics have appeared in Symbolia, KQED, popsci.com, American Public Media, Generation Progress, The Cartoon Picayune, The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, Medium and Slate, among others. If his own website is to be believed, he comes from the sea.

Host: SFBAJ Co-organizer Michael Mayday, a Bay Area writer with specialties in politics and technology.

When/Where: 6-8 pm. Location is Lori's Diner (back room), one block from Union Square at corner of Powell and Sutter. (Transit: BART or Muni to Powell St. Station or Cable Car. Bike/Car parking: Sutter-Stockton or Union Square garages.)

Reservations: Please register at Meetup.com2/Journalism. SFBAJ members and guests only! (To help us plan, please do not reserve space unless you plan to come, thank-you!)

Donation: Save 37%! $5 in advance thru Meetup.com/Journalism (Reservations close at 2 pm on Wednesday.)  Or $8 at the door.

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  • Tim Y.

    Here is the presentation of this meetup in my podcast! http://deconstructingcomics.com/?p=4082

    April 10, 2014

  • Tim Y.

    Cool. My podcast version of it won't be coming out till April 7, but when it's up I'll let you guys know!

    March 16, 2014

  • Tom M.

    Thanks to Tim Young, who made the recording, and Michael Mayday, who edited it, we are happy to share an audio recording of our session on Comics Journalism. It was a great session and we had a low turnout due to the weather, so please give it a listen. Topics include the craft of illustrative journalism, sexism faced by women, pay, job opportunities, and more. If you enjoy it, please consider donating to SFBAJ (through Newswire21.org). Thanks!


    March 16, 2014

  • Tom M.

    An excellent panel for a cozy audience on a stormy SF night. Just sorry more people couldn't hear aboût the job opportunities in this area.

    February 28, 2014

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