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.

A Story of Men

Welcome aboard flight BA 763 to London, Heathrow—would you please turn off all electronic devices, return your seats to the… More

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

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