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 three guest editors—Robert Kirby, Meg Lemke, and Whit Taylor—who will be soliciting pieces from the cartoonists and graphic artists they most admire.

Slightly Plural

"Last time this bend in the river was shady and swift, but a downed branch makes a quiet corner away from the current where life, slow and abundant, flourished… More

Drilled

I asked the director of College Mental Health Services for advice on leading a classroom discussion on Parkland...  More

Gun Climate

My son snored next to me while I read ... “All classes and activities have been cancelled. We are investigating a potentially serious threat made against the campus and… More

We Could

In 2012 I had my own class of first graders at a small private school just outside Washington, D.C. On December 14 of that same year, 20 first graders… More

How Not to Draw Guns

Boys will sometimes ask how to draw a gun. In 10 years of teaching comics, a girl has never asked. Boys even ask me this in classrooms once occupied… More

False Choice

My daughter has had many stellar teachers, the kind who would put their kids' safety before their own. I can't stand the thought of those teachers acting as human… More

School Premises

I am acutely aware of how easy it might be for someone with a gun to cause the most atrocious of horrors despite the school's commendable efforts... More

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