Sunday Comics | Afghanistan, masks and killer bees

Check out recent comics by Jay Hosler, Alex de Campi, Christine Larsen, MariNaomi, B.J. Mendelson 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 or on social media.

As the United States ends its occupation of Afghanistan, political cartoonist and The Nib founder Matt Bors looks back at the comics he created as a result of a trip he took to the country in 2010:

In August of 2010 I embarked on a month long trip through Afghanistan with fellow cartoonists Ted Rall and Steven Cloud. We traveled unembedded throughout the North of the country and in the capital of Kabul. It was the ninth year of the war and, at the time, the height of the Taliban insurgency and US troop presence.

The goal of the trip was to hear from Afghans directly, see the occupation for ourselves, and share those experience—through writing, comics, and photography. I captured a lot in sketchbooks and filed a series of comics through my syndicate where papers normally ran my political cartoons. The following comics are a series of vignettes on Afghanistan and represent some my earliest attempts at more realistic nonfiction comics. These originally ran online at Cartoon Movement, but appear to be lost to web decay, so I wanted to publish them again here—for posterity and for any insight they still hold.

You can see his comics here.

Jay Hosler is a biologist and cartoonist who makes comics about science, including the wonderful The Way of the Hive. It’s about bees, but is far from the only comic Hosler has made about them. In fact, you can read all about the time he almost went anaphylaxis in his comic “Killer Bee.”

Alex de Campi recently shares a webcomic she created with artist Christine Larsen and Dr. Dave Hone, a paleontologist. It’s about people’s (sometimes incorrect) perceptions of dinosaurs based on what they learn from the media.

MariNaomi created a this comic for the Los Angeles Times about the timely topic of wearing masks in public — something she did before the pandemic.

Finally, we’ll end with something a bit more fictional … writer and comedian B.J. Mendelson has a Marvel MAX She-Hulk fan comic up on his website, with scripts and some completed pages by artist Francis Trebuxet. It’s called “She Hulk: From Savage to Sensational,” and it’s pretty great.

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