‘I’m looking forward to talking about what it takes to build a news enterprise from the ground up and what it takes to bootstrap an audience into existence, as well as how far you can go with experimental products and not a lot of capital,’ her disembodied voice says through the black computer screen.
At the Toronto Comic Arts Festival this year, I posed a question to a number of comics creators: Why has Comics Journalism taken hold so well in comics, but so poorly as a quote-unquote “legitimate” form of journalism?
The response of many was that, to the contrary, no one has said that comics journalism isn’t legit.
My response in turn, was that we still can’t open up 99% of our printed media in North America to find an example of this incredible genre. 99% is probably generous. 99.9%.
Symbolia Magazine had a rebuttal for me.
In the story I’m reprinting here, we get to hear from Laura Sandow, a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served at GITMO, which morphed from a sleepy naval base to an infamous detention center during her time there. It’s fascinating not just to read Laura’s words about her attempts to process her role in the War on Terror, and how military culture has affected her emotional and mental health, but to see her experiences. (via An Exclusive Excerpt From The Next Issue of Symbolia: “Laura” And Women’s Experiences At Guantanamo | ThinkProgress)