Comics journalism is a form of journalism that covers news or non-fiction events using the framework of comics – a combination of words and drawn images. Although visual narrative storytelling has existed for thousands of years, the use of the comics medium to cover real-life events for news organizations, publications or publishers (in graphic novel format) is currently at an all-time peak. Historically, pictorial representation (typically engravings) of news events were commonly used before the proliferation of photography in publications such as The Illustrated London News and Harper's Magazine.
More recent writers/journalists and illustrators have attempted to increase validity of the genre by bringing journalism to the field in more direct ways. This includes coverage of foreign and local affairs where word balloons are actual quotes and sources are actual people featured in each story. Many of these works are featured online and in collaboration with established publications as well as small press.
Joe Sacco is widely considered to be one of the pioneers of the form, along with some groups of authors that produced the first known magazines focused specifically on Comics Journalism. Among these publications is worth to mention Mamma! a magazine of Comics Journalism printed in Italy since 2009 and produced by a group of authors, and Symbolia, a digital magazine of Comics Journalism for tablets.
- Dan Archer
- Matt Bors
- Susie Cagle
- Claudio Calia
- Gianluca Costantini
- Sarah Glidden
- Josh Neufeld
- Ted Rall
- Joe Sacco
- Jen Sorensen
Magazines of Comics Journalism
- Mamma! the first Italian magazine of Comics Journalism, founded in 2009
- Symbolia, a digital magazine founded in 2012
- Holliday, Darryl and Rodriguez, Erik: The Illustrated Press
- Macnaughton, Wendy. "Meanwhile, The San Francisco Public Library," TheRumpus.net (May 13, 2011).
- Kramer, Josh: "The Cartoon Picayune"
- Nalvic. "A Quick Guide to Comic Journalism," Nalvic's Reviews (June 12, 2012).
- Crumm, David. "Joe Sacco nails down comic credentials in Journalism: Sacco contributes to new global language," Read the Spirit (June 29, 2012).
- Cartoon Movement—Comics
- Graphic Journos — blogsite of the comics journalists Dan Archer, Matt Bors, Susie Cagle, Sarah Glidden, Wendy MacNaughton, and Jen Sorensen
- Comics Journalism — site devoted to comics journalism from South Asia
- "An introduction to comics journalism, in the form of comics journalism," Poynter
- Political Comics — web site of the comic journalist Gianluca Costantini