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.

Lucille

Debeurme takes on the difficult world of adolescence, following the life of a young anorexic woman and the difficult relationships she has with others, who have significant problems of… More

One Way to Disappear

The graphic narratives in Nine Ways to Disappear are short, charmingly peculiar, and revolve loosely around the theme of disappearance. More

The Race to Incarcerate

This graphic retelling of an essential text for understanding the exponential growth of the U.S. prison system tells the story of how the U.S came to have the highest… More

No Diplomacy

A comic strip by New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly about the plight of journalist Khadija Ismayilova, recipient of the 2015 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award. More

Hurry Up and Wait

This whimsical collection features illustrations inspired by some of the world’s most celebrated photographers, along with thought-provoking prose that ponders the merits of action and slowing down. More

Goodnight, Donnie Cheng

In this vivid graphic novel, Red Light Properties is charged with cleaning a luxurious home of the last remaining traces of the kidnapped young boy who lived there. More

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