You may know my series on teaching statistics using cartoons. Now imagine my surprise when I found someone, who wants to teach archaeology using comics!
What a great idea!
On the blog of the open access international journal Ex Novo Emiliano Barletta (Texts) and Alessio Lo Manto (Drawings) start a discussion on how graphic journalism might help archaeologists to inform a larger public about their research. Graphic journalism is not that new, but still a quite small genre, in which authors write and draw non-fictional comics to convey their information and stories. Also called “Comic journalism”, it uses images, drawings, dialogue and narration to disseminate a story – not to kids, but to adults. It is more an illustrated reportage than a comic book. Not adventures in the past as the Digedags or later Abrafaxe, which I absolutely loved (childhood memories rising up here), rather a form of journalism, that uses comics as a medium – comparable to movie documentaries or journal entries.
But let them explain themselves, of course in comic-form: Click here and tell me what you think!