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Graphic Journalism by Dan Archer


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2012 January

Wrongful Conviction part 3

Ray Krone’s tragic true story continues. To read from the start, hit “previous” twice won’t you.

Wrongful Conviction Preview pt.2

Extract from my latest comic on the wrongful conviction of Ray Krone, who spent several years on death row for murder before being acquitted. To read the whole preview in page by page format, sign up for the latest Archcomix newsletter.

Multimedia Reporting on Haiti from Cartoon Movement

Kudos to Matt Bors, Tjeerd Royards and Caroline Bins over at Cartoon Movement for their excellent comics journalism work on Haiti and the ongoing plight of the thousands of disenfranchised people there, now that the mainstream media circus has predictably gotten bored and rolled out of town. What’s especially impressive is that CM has turned the mic over to Haitian journalists and creators to give them a chance to tell the story in their own voice, as opposed to the traditional 3rd person reporting we’re used to seeing. Here’s the first instalment of a comic by Chevelin Pierre & Pharès Jerome, “Tents Beyond Tents” that you should check out.

As if that wasn’t groundbreaking enough, there’s also an innovative mash up of comic art, audio and video in another related piece, this time focusing on the LGBT community in Haiti and the precarious nature of their survival in the tent cities:

Back from the Brink, Pre-Xmas gigs and Alcatraz

I’m back, after an extended hiatus in south america (sketchbook pages and an interview to follow) and a blistering sprint finish with several different pre-xmas deadlines before that. One of which was a short story featuring the snippet of panels above, chronicling miscarriages of justice in the american legal system. Another, out next week, is a second interactive piece for cartoon movement. More about it in the “news” section, just a scroll away, down below the fold.

Work on Alcatraz continues as I near the finish line, now that I’m well into colouring the inked pages. You’ll have to check out the “Extras” page from the tabs above for a glimpse of the finished pages as they come off my drawing board – but for that, you’ll need to get the passcode, which you can only get from the latest edition of the Archcomix newsletter (next one drops on Monday). Simple.

All this and I haven’t even mentioned my next big project, focusing on human trafficking in SF. I’m currently researching and doing interviews, and should have something for you in a few weeks. I’ll post separately about it soon.