On the Cartoon Movement blog, I’ve written about the past year editing the site and preview two major projects we are publishing in 2012: The 75 page Haiti project and a graphic novel from David Axe and Tim Hamilton on the Congo.
When we began Cartoon Movement as an international platform for cartoonists, we had an idea: what if we published comics journalism regularly and treated it like a real thing worthy of respect. That is, what if reporting stories through comics wasn’t a novelty, but an actual field comprised of professionals who happen to use cartooning where others use prose or film. What if in the great media transition we are living through, comics were actually a perfect vehicle for telling real stories about real people.
Notice the lack of question marks there.
Comics journalism has received increased attention and legitimacy recently and we’d like to think we’ve played a part. In our first year of publishing we’ve gone into the slums of Rio, undercover in America’s pregnancy centers, visited Iraqi refugees in Syria, seen numerous Occupy protests, and looked at the Nisoor Square massacre in Iraq in one of the first interactive pieces of comics journalism.
Keep reading and go look at that art!