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Illustrated PEN

The Illustrated PEN aspires to be at the intersection of literature, journalism, and visual storytelling, where images and words come together in an ever-emerging and essential creative form. We feature fiction and nonfiction graphic narratives, comics journalism and illustrated reportage, stories of social justice and personal stories that can’t be told through words alone.

This year, we have five new guest editors—MariNaomi, Robert Kirby, and Meg Lemke—who will be soliciting pieces from the cartonoonists and graphic artists they most admire.

Fetch

There is nothing in any manual instructing you how to defend yourself against a dog with inflatable ears. More

Hostage

Maybe they’ll come get me out of here tonight. Maybe all this is going to end at last. Please, let it be tonight. More

Sunburning

I’ve known artists. They truly see the world differently. Their brains are different. Most of them are weird but you’re not weird. I can tell. More

Soviet Daughter

When I was a kid, I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone I was Jewish. My mother thought the entire world was anti-Semitic. More

Selections by Rayma Suprani

"Rayma's drawings often express a level of anger at injustice and then she uses her easy humor to point to the ridiculousness of it all." More

Laid Waste

I’ll keep her safe, which thou canst never do.… She will never know sorrow, nor age, nor infirmity, nor want. More

What is Obscenity?

The word would be censored. The image would be pixelated. I was taught from a very young ago that "manko" was a bad word. More

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