Here’s a round up of some of the best comics we’ve seen online recently. If we missed something, let us know in the comments below.
We’ll start this week with a new comic from Josh Neufeld, creator of A. D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, whose comics have also appeared everywhere from The Nib to the Boston Globe. He creates a comic for Journalist’s Resource on the topic of the day, COVID-19, titled “A tale of two pandemics: A nonfiction comic about historical racial health disparities.”
It highlights a recently released research article on racial health disparities and the spread of misinformation during the coronavirus pandemic and the 1918 influenza pandemic, spotlighting the three researchers who published the article.
Speaking of COVID, the New York Times has posted “Giving Thanks” by Eleanor Davis, creator of The Hard Tomorrow. It’s a look back at 2020 and everything that’s happened, and her feelings/reflections on them through the lens of her personal experiences and in being a mom.
Speaking of moms, Whit Taylor (Ghost Stories, The Nib) had a baby back in April, so all of her child’s first-year experiences have been during the pandemic. In “Having a Baby in Quarantine,” published by The New Yorker, Taylor recounts a visit to the doctor for a regular check-up, and how it has been so very different this year compared to past years.
Moving away from the pandemic, here’s one from Ben Katchor, creator of Hand-Drying in America and many other comics and graphic novels. In it, Katchor asks the question: “What if there were a worst-seller list?” and then goes about showing how such a list could be created each week. Perhaps appropriately, it appears in the New York Times.
“Sunday is my take on the comics section that newspapers would publish every Sunday morning (Does that still happen?). For now it’s one page of one feature a week, but as I get more comfortable with it I’d like to post two or three simultaneously. Features will begin, pause, and end constantly, but for as long as I can help it, there will always be something new every Sunday,” he wrote on his blog back in September.
He’s now a couple months in and has three features up — one of which, “Brightmare,” he completed in November. So you can check it out in its entirety, then check back in on the others every Sunday.