Lowriders

In this week’s Illustrated PEN, Guest Editor Dave Ortega presents excerpts from artist Raúl the Third's Lowriders series. More

The Winner

"People remember the artist, and not the subject. Especially in portraits." More

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