Transparency In Journalistic Comics
Many journalistic comics do not show any source. But some comics journalists spend a lot of effort trying to make their work as transparent as possible. In “Journalism”, Joe Sacco explains in a preface how he works. In “The Cartoon Picayune”, Josh Kramer uses footnotes to signal comedic freedom. David Axe and Ryan Alexander-Tanner include photographs in their comic “Boom!”. Darryl Holliday and E. N. Rodriguez make clear they use information told by a single source for “How to survive a shooting”. Susie Cagle adds additional Information like photographs and audio via ThingLink to “Down in Smoke”. In “The Man Who Build Beirut”, Andy Warner makes himself part of the story. Mana Neyestani leaves out what he does not know and shows blank space instead of making things up in “An Iranian Metamorphosis”. In “Apocalypse Left and Right: A Graphic Primer”, Dan Archer displays his sources and background Information for (most of) the panels. In “The Right to Return: A Graphic History of Diego Garcia”, he shows the sources at the end of the comic. And in “The London Olympics”, Tom Humbersone uses corrections.