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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.

The Best We Could Do

I think a lot of Americans forget that for the Vietnamese the war continued, whether America was involved or not. More

Milk

If she doesn't use a card, there's nothing to link her to the transaction. Why do you suppose she would want to hide a purchase of milk? More

Nat Turner

"And about this time i had a vision—and I saw white spirits and black spirits engaged in battle, and the sun was darkened—the thunder rolled in the Heavens, and… More

Mumia and the Multitudes

A graphic short story by new Illustrated PEN guest editor Seth Tobocman on the case of Mumia Abu Jamal, who was sentenced to death in 1982 for the murder… More

Incognegro

In the early 20th century White went undercover, posing as a white man in the deep south to investigate lynchings. More

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