Hardcover pub. date
July 2022
ISBN 9781737913603 (hardcover)
10 x 12.75 inches, 334 pages. Full-color throughout.

The Art of the News

Comics Journalism

Katherine Kelp-Stebbins and Ben Saunders
With Debarghya Sanyal | Published by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

At a time of eroded public faith in traditional news media, comics journalism has emerged as a powerful antidote to the dissemination of inaccurate information and fake news. Practitioners in this field re-assert the ethical value of truth-telling, while at the same time foregrounding the inevitably subjective dimensions involved in any act of witnessing. Without shying away from vital questions about the role of representation in the perception of reality, comics journalists are nevertheless telling stories that urgently need to be told—in an immediate and accessible way. The best works of comics journalism stand as compelling examples of how the news might be reimagined as an artistic practice.

The Art of the News: Comics Journalism is the first major retrospective devoted to this increasingly influential genre of visual narrative. This exhibition catalog spotlights original artwork and artifacts representing over thirty years of reportage by New York Times best-selling author-artist Joe Sacco, a foundational figure in the field. Accompanying Sacco’s groundbreaking work are key pieces from an international group of artists who have developed comics journalism and are pushing the genre in new directions, including Gerardo Alba, Dan Archer, Thi Bui, Tracy Chahwan, Jesús Cossio, Sarah Glidden, Omar Khouri, Victoria Lomasko, Sarah Mirk, Ben Passmore, Yazan al-Saadi, and Andy Warner. 

About the author

Katherine Kelp-Stebbins is the curator of the Art of the News exhibit and a professor of comic studies at the University of Oregon.


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Ben Saunders is associate curator of the Art of the News exhibit and director of comics studies at the University of Oregon.

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