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"Polgreen has said that at least 50 percent of contributors for each issue [of Symbolia] will be women. “The lack of women is an ongoing issue in both the journo and comics worlds, and this is a way to address it,” says Polgreen, who also runs a Tumblr called Graphic Ladies!?, a showcase of women’s work."
“Immersive” is the word [Polgreen] reaches for when asked what illustrative journalism does better than, say, a story like this one, mostly made of words. “Illustrated journalism draws you in. It’s accessible in a way 5,000 words of text isn’t. Regardless of age, gender or anything, you grasp it faster than most journalism.”
I flipped through Symbolia.
Cartoonist-journalist Sarah Glidden has a piece about rollerblading in Iraq; there’s a nice primer on psych rock in Zambia; a fun story about scientists and new species; and, best, Bay Area journalist Susie Cagle (who refers to herself as a “former words-only reporter”) presents a story about the future of the Salton Sea, rooted in interviews with people who live in California’s Imperial Valley and have watched the Salton dissolve. It condenses environmental degradation and class differences, history and anxiety, empathy and anger into about two dozen bright, smartly illustrated pages, painting a literal, graspable narrative of a complex subject.
Symbolia, the forthcoming tablet magazine that merges comics+journalism is committed to parity. Our goal is to book at least 50% women contributors in every issue. Help spread the word!
"If anything, a biography should reveal some good secrets. The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith, Joan Schenkar’s near 700-page account of the suspense writer’s life, delivers as promised. Highsmith – most known for her novels Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley – had two profound parts of her life that she kept “secret” and which Schenkar covers in vigorous detail. One: that Highsmith was gay. Two: that she wrote for comic books."