Sunday Comics | Ezra Claytan Daniels designs ‘new agencies that serve and protect’

Check out new comics by Jillian Tamaki, Ethan Sacks, Dalibor Talajić, Gavin Guidry and more.

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.

As calls to “defund the police” spread in protests, on the news and in social media, Ezra Claytan Daniels imagines a few “departments that will replace police in the not-too-distant future.”

Posted at The Nib, Daniels’ new concepts include the “Los Angeles Department of Food Security,” pictured at the top of this post, and the “Department of Crime Deduction,” pictured above, which he calls a “diversely skilled roster of detectives who excel in creative thinking and problem solving.” Probably recruited heavily from crime podcasts.

NBC News has kicked off a series called “The Covid Chronicles” in conjunction with Upshot Studios, an imprint of the new-ish comics company AWA. You can check out the first installment by Ethan Sacks, Dalibor Talajić and Bosung Kim here.

In the latest edition of the New York Times’ ‘The Diary Project,” which I’ve featured here before, Jillian Tamaki details some of the regular routines she’s been doing since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

I came across a couple of short comics this week that I thought were well done; first, “Noah’s Battleground” by Edwin Lopez, Gavin Guidry, Alex Lozano and Matias Zanetti. It’s an eight-page science fiction story with a bit of a bleak yet interesting premise. It takes the “Who would win?” conversations I have with my eight-year-old to another level. You can read it on Lopez’s website.

The other one, “The Night Before,” is by Gary Moloney and Raquel Kusiak. Moloney says that the comic came from a challenge they entered to create a short comic in seven days. “We were randomly assigned a line of dialogue and a theme: Wall Street in the 80s. From there we came up with a crime comic of the white collar variety.” You can check it out on Twitter, or you can download it from Gumroad.

Finally, if you’re looking for something you can really sink your teeth into, the BA and MA Illustration students at Falmouth University have put toegther their own webcomics site, The Promise. It includes 36 different comics of assorted genres and themes by a host of young cartoonists.

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