Illustrating a Graphic Essay & Artist / Writer Collaborations

I’ve recently completed the graphic essay ‘From Stigma Power to Black Power’ in collaboration with Sociology Professor Imogen Tyler, so I thought I’d make a note of the process for anyone else who’d like to give making a graphic essay a try.

Illustrating an essay is different from creating a comic from fiction, because it doesn’t always have characters or settings in the same way. There were chunks that didn’t lend itself as naturally to visual storytelling, so I had to be more abstract at times.

I can break down my interpretation method into 3 types: Quotations, Explanations & Story.

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