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.

Things That Go Bump in the Night

In this installment of The Illustrated PEN, artist and writer MariNaomi recalls a traumatic encounter she suffered as a teen, and describes how, years later, she still grapples with… More

Curveball

An excerpt from Jeremy Sorese's debut graphic novel, "Curveball," a science-fiction and end-of-love story. More

Dear Friend

"In 'Dear Friend,' Summer Pierre writes movingly about the meditative pleasures of a solo, mostly silent road trip." More

Primahood: Magenta

"Tyler Cohen is a pro at tackling the sticky subjects of gender identity, sexuality, motherhood, and what it means to be a girl." More

Conversion on the Road to Malha

Orner is a master at delineating cultural divides and human foibles, and in this series of autobiographical stories set in Israel, he’s as sharply observant and drolly humorous as… More

Ghost

Whit Taylor writes movingly and with deeply personal insight about the aftermath of a traumatic sexual assault in this excerpt from her new graphic novella. More

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