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Graphic Journalism by Dan Archer


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Alcatraz Comic now finished, support my next comic on human trafficking in SF on Spot.Us!

Behold! The first glimpse of final artwork for my Alcatraz comic, based on the abortive escape attempt made my John Giles in 1945. Soon to be published by the National Park Conservancy Trust and available in Alcatraz, as well as through their (and my) online store, date tba. If you can’t wait for a hard copy, I’m previewing pages on the locked part of this site – though you’ll need to subscribe to the Archcomix Newsletter (which you can do here) to get the top secret password.

Now that’s over, I’m already headfirst into my comics project on human trafficking in San Francisco, parts of which will be published by the SF Public Press and Truthout. The SF Public Press is funding the publication through journalism crowdsourcing site, so click here and support investigative comics journalism. Only 6 days left!

Lots of other news and announcements to share with you below the fold, so scroll down for the full skinny.

Comics from the Iraq War, Borderland update and Archcomix in World War 3 Illustrated

Panel from "The Insurgent" by Isaac Goodhart

I stumbled across this gem of an online comics anthology (for sample, see left) put together by students from NYC’s School of Visual Arts under the watchful eye of Nick Bertozzi. The link is to the Act-i-vate website (a great website for free top-notch webcomics) and shows the end result of a project to visually adapt US troops’ combat testimonies during their recent tours in Iraq.

We’ve also published an extract of the first story from Borderland over at, which I’ve added to the ‘Trafficking” page. Other updates include the Honduran Coup: A Graphic History video on the “Honduras” page, so please watch, pass on and leave your comments.

I’m also delighted to announce that I’ll have a comic published in the seminal activist art anthology, World War 3 Illustrated, which should be out later on in the year. It’ll be an extract from an oldie from the 2007 archive chronicling the scandal around Burger King’s exploitation of undocumented central American migrant workers in Florida’s tomato fields. You can read it over at the US Politics page, now with a handy drop-down menu.