Since they first began appearing in newspapers in the late 19th century, comics have captivated audiences with their blend of artistry, humor, and adventure. They’ve evolved to become graphic novels, taking the form of journalism, literature, and memoir for both adults and children. By breaking down complex ideas clearly and succinctly, cartoons can make information more engaging and memorable. In a digital age that demands visual literacy, comics can be a powerful educational tool. James Sturm, a graphic novelist, will talk about the collaborative process of making civic-minded comics to support public health, literacy, and democracy.
Sturm is co-founder and creative director of the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. His graphic novels, including The Golem’s Mighty Swing, Market Day and Off Season, address issues of faith, race, and identity. He was the 2020–2021 Mary I. Bunting Institute Fellow at Harvard Radcliffe Institute and a MacDowell Fellow in 2008 and 2015.