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My Collected Comix Journalism

Here are my current works of graphic journalism and memoir which have appeared in The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, Pacific Standard, FUSION.NET, The Nib, Narrative.ly and Truthout.  Thanks to all the wonderfully talented graphic journalists/artists I’ve worked with thus far: Josh Neufeld (cover image by Josh!), Jason Novak,Marc ParenteauDan CarinoDan Archer and Arthur King.  CLICK ON THE TITLE TO ACCESS THE COMIC!

Cancer Comix

The Perfect Cancer Patient (with medical sociologist Gayle Sulik and Marc Parenteau at Narritve.ly.  CLICK HERE FOR AN Extra Scene, not published in the original!

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No Shame in Staying Alive: How Medical Marijuana Helped Saved Me from Brain Cancer (with Marc Parenteau at Fusion)

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A Scanner Constantly (with Josh Neufeld at Pacific Standard)

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Notification: You’ve Got Cancer (with Josh Neufeld, at The Boston Globe)

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Pink Ribbon Envy: Living with an Uncool Cancer (with Dan Archer, and Medium’s The Nib)

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Education Comix

Children of the Code: Big Data, Little Kids (with Dan Carino, at Truthout)

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This School Is Not A Pipe (with Josh Neufeld, at Truthout)

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The Disaster Capitalism Curriculum: The High Price of Education Reform (Episode 1) (with Dan Archer, at Truthout)

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Murky Water: The Education Debate in New Orleans (with Dan Archer, at Truthout)

The Finnish Alternative: Reclaiming Public Education From Corporate Reform (with Dan Archer, at Truthout)

The Teacher Ghetto (with Jason Novak, at The Atlantic)

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The Gates Education Reform Hype Machine and Bizzare Inequality Theory (with Dan Carino, at tmp556216671832899584.jpgTruthout)

Automated Teaching Machine: A Graphic Introduction to the End of Human Teachers  (with Arthur King, at Truthout)

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The Perfect Cancer Patient – EXTRA SCENE!

Here is an EXTRA SCENE from my comicTHE PERFECT CANCER PATIENT (with co-author medical sociologist Gayle Sulik and co-author/illustrator Marc Parenteau).  This is the concluding scene that we decided to leave out for this version at Narrative.ly.

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June 2016 UPDATE: The Complete Bessie Comix Collection

Here are ALL my current works of graphic journalism, memoir, and editorial cartoons which have appeared in The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, Pacific Standard, FUSION.NET, The Nib and Truthout.  Thanks to all the wonderfully talented graphic journalists/artists I’ve worked with thus far: Josh NeufeldJason Novak,Marc ParenteauDan CarinoDan Archer and Arthur King.  Below, you can find interviews, scholarly articles, and contact info. CLICK ON THE TITLE TO ACCESS THE COMIC!

No Shame in Staying Alive: How Medical Marijuana Helped Saved Me from Brain Cancer (with Marc Parenteau at Fusion)

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A Scanner Constantly (with Josh Neufeld at Pacific Standard).

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Analysis of “Scanner,” by author of Pink Ribbon Blues Gayle Sulik PhD: “The Dehumanizing Impact of Biomedical Surveillance”. Breast Cancer Consortium.

See also: The Comic Book Cure for Cancer (a brief personal essay discussing the role of comics writing in my cancer journey, Brain Tumour Magazine, June 2016).  The title is inspired by Salvatore Iaconesi’s “My Open Source Cure for Cancer,” which is discussed in “A Scanner Constantly.”

Playground Purgatory (with Jason Novak at The Boston Globe)

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The War on Everything (with Jason Novak at The LA Times).

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The Mythical Beasts of 21st Century Technology (with Jason Novak at The Boston Globe)

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An American Tradition (with Jason Novak at Truthout).  This is our first panorama comic (inspired by Rube Goldberg and other early newspaper artists).

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The Stages of Housing Grief (with Jason Novak at The Boston Globe)

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The Lesser Known Features of Teacher Housing (with Jason Novak at The San Francisco Chronicle)

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The Teacher Ghetto (with Jason Novak, at The Atlantic)

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Notification: You’ve Got Cancer (with Josh Neufeld, at The Boston Globe)

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Pink Ribbon Envy: Living with an Uncool Cancer (with Dan Archer, and Medium’s The Nib)

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And here’s an insightful analysis by Gayle Sulik, author of the stellar book Pink Ribbon Blues, who was the interview subject for “Pink Ribbon Envy”: Visualizing Social Change: The Power of Graphic Arts

Children of the Code: Big Data, Little Kids (with Dan Carino, at Truthout)

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This School Is Not A Pipe (with Josh Neufeld, at Truthout)

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The Disaster Capitalism Curriculum: The High Price of Education Reform (Episode 1) (with Dan Archer, at Truthout)

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Murky Water: The Education Debate in New Orleans (with Dan Archer, at Truthout)

KatrinaThe Finnish Alternative: Reclaiming Public Education From Corporate Reform (with Dan Archer, at Truthout)

FinlandThe Gates Education Reform Hype Machine and Bizzare Inequality Theory (with Dan Carino, at Truthout)

GatesAutomated Teaching Machine: A Graphic Introduction to the End of Human Teachers  (with Arthur King, at Truthout)

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-Thanks to journalist Lukas Plank for compiling an early version of this list on his website. 

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Interviews on Graphic Journalism:

Truthout TV on The Gates Foundation Education Reform Hype Machine (with Dan Carino)

Russia TV’s “Breaking the Set” with Abby Martin on Automated Teaching Machine

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From Kafka to Computers, a Graphic History of Automation in Education,” Chronicle of Higher Education, Megan O’Neil.   On “Automated Teaching Machine”

Selection of Scholarly Articles on Comics:

Warning: This Article Contains Graphic Journalism,” Truthout. Includes interviews with established graphic journalists Ted Rall, Sarah Glidden, Matt Bors, and Dan Archer. 2011

“Literacy and the Graphic Novel: Prejudice, Promise, and Pedagogy.” From Critical survey of graphic novels : history, theme, and technique / editors, Bart H. Beaty, Stephen Weiner. 2012

Entry on Guy Delisle’s “Burma Chronicles.” From Critical survey of graphic novels : independents and underground classics / editors, Bart H. Beaty, Stephen Weiner. 2012

“Uncensoring Comix Journalism: An Introduction for Educators” . Prepared for  English Council of California Two-Year Colleges Conference, 2013.

“Unmasking the Graphic Novel: Learning Summary and Close Reading Through Comics.” Inside English: Journal of the English Council of California Two-Year Colleges. 2009.   Winner of 2009 ECCTYC Best Article of the Year. Republished in Visions Across the Americas, 8th Edition (Sterling Warner, Ed). [Email for a copy]

FOR INQUIRIES: adam.bessie at gmail dot com

Uncensoring Comix Journalism: An Introduction for Educators

From his offices at the Daily Planet, journalist Clark Kent stripped into spandex and saved the world outside his mahogany office doors.  Now, it looks like the Daily Planet is in need of Superman’s help, as the Fourth Estate is under threat from dwindling sales and dwindling real news  content.

“Journalism will survive, but it will reach a limited audience, as the sparsely attended productions of Aristophanes or Racine in small New York theaters are all that is left of great classical theater,” Former New York Times writer Chris Hedges worries, prognosticating a bleak future in which news is only for the elite, the rest of us left to fed on Kayne West and Kim Kardashian’s kerfuffles.

Could comics save the day? That’s right, comics – those immensely popular picture and word stories you always flipped past the real news to get to – can they bring real news back to the masses?

Graphic journalism – “real” journalism with pictures and words (and sometimes, interactive elements) – has pretty much nothing to do with Superman, except for the fact that he was a journalist in a comic.  Graphic journalism are comics about reality, about our world – not fantasy, nor escapism.  This medium is still in its infancy, but illustrates a clear path forward, one especially critical for students growing up in an media-satured world, in which it’s hard to tell Kayne from Kosovo, the kerfuffles from the real news.

My former collaborator on the graphic report  “The Disaster Capitalism Curriculum” Dan Archer defines graphic journalism with elegance:

See him talk on BBC about his comic on human trafficking in Nepal which got ONE MILLION readers in a day: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22283856

See also Dan’s comic on comics journalism at Poytner.

Symbolia: A Tablet Magazine of Illustrated Journalism elaborates on Dan’s definition, using comics journalism itself:

Below is a brief overview to the emerging field of graphic journalism, including canonical works like Art Spiegelman’s Maus and Joe Sacco’s Palestine, new and emerging artist/journalists like Susie Cagle and Sarah Glidden, and publications like Cartoon Movement (which is free!).  For more background, you can read my article for Truthout “Warning: This Article Contains Graphic Journalism,” which includes a history of this emerging medium, along with interviews with Pulitzer Prize cartoonist Ted Rall and graphic memorist/journalist Sarah Glidden (amongst others).

FINAL NOTE: This post is intended primarily for the participants in my presentation at The English Council of Two Year Colleges, but I hope will be useful for any educator interested in exploring graphic journalism and non-fiction comics in general as a powerful means to critically engage students in our media-saturated world. Links take you to more background/purchasing info.

Sacco, Joe. Palestine (1993)

 

 

Sacco with Chris Hedges. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (2012)

Satrapi, Marjane. The Complete Persepolis. Pantheon. 2007

Spiegelman, Art. The Complete Maus 1996.

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Delisle, Guy.  Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea (2007)

 

Jacobson, Sid and Colon, Ernie. The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation. 2006.

Nakazawa, Keiji. Barefoot Gen: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima (2004 – originally published in Japan 1973)

 

Glidden, Sarah.  How To Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less (2011)

Bors, Matt. Afghan Life (2010). Read for free at CARTOON MOVEMENT!

  

Archer, Dan.  Check out his work on human trafficking in Nepal from Archcomix.


And “The Disaster Capitalism Curriculum: The High Price of Education,” with me (courtesy Truthout)

 

And of course, the comic which lent the title to this site: Automated Teaching Machine, with fellow community college professor Arthur King.

Cagle, Susie. Check out her excellent comics reporting at her blog.

Cartoon Movement: A FREE Publication of Top Quality Graphic Journalism.

 

 

 

Ladydrawers @ Truthout

 

The Cartoon Picayune

Any comics journalists or graphic non-fiction you love?  Please share with me in the comments.

The Disaster Capitalism Curriculum: The High Price of Education Reform (with Dan Archer)

Last year, I had the honor to work with the illustrious illustrator and journalist Dan Archer on our series “The Disaster Capitalism Curriculum,” a three-part non-fiction expose of the reality of education reform at Truthout. Here’s a taste, with a real interview with a Washington DC English instructor:

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By Adam Bessie and Dan Archer. Courtesy of Truthout.Org

Part I focuses on Washington DC:
http://www.truth-out.org/art/item/9391-the-disaster-capitalism-curriculum-the-high-price-of-education-reform-episode-i

Part II on New Orleans:

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/10061-the-disaster-capitalism-curriculum-the-high-price-of-education-reform-episode-2

Part III on Finland (including an original interview with Pasi Sahlberg):

http://truth-out.org/news/item/10801-the-finnish-alternative-reclaiming-public-education-from-corporate-reform

Automated Teaching Machine: A Graphic Introduction to the End of Human Teachers

Human beings in the classroom? That’s SOOO 20th century.

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By Adam Bessie and Arthur King, courtesy of Truthout.org

Check out the full version of my non-fiction comic with the fabulous human artist and educator Arthur King at Truthout: http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/17980-automated-teaching-machine-a-graphic-introduction-to-the-end-of-human-teachers

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