Turning Japanese

Mari-san, why didn’t your mother teach you Japanese? That’s a question I’ve been asking for a long time. More

The Virgo Thing

New Illustrated PEN guest editor Robert Kirby examines the trials and tribulations of being a Virgo. More

Operation Ajax

This week, an excerpt from the graphic novel Operation Ajax about the 1953 CIA coup in Iran that remade the Middle East. More

The Arab of the Future

The French bestseller details the author's childhood in rural France, Libya, and Syria, in the shadows of three dictators—Muammar Gaddafi, Hafez al-Assad, and his own father. More

Ann Tenna

We feature an excerpt by Marissa Acocella Marchetto, a cartoonist for The New Yorker, from her upcoming graphic novel Ann Tenna, set in the bizarre world of New York-based… More

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

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