Well, no, I don’t think so – but then, you’d expect me to say that, wouldn’t you?
Here’s another excellent example of where comics can go in journalism – and political activism. The Guardian reports that the Bradley Manning “Wikileaks” trial has been published as a graphic novel.Writer and artist, Clark Stoekley is probably best known as the man who drives the “Wikileaks Truck” to the court, and is a committed political activist-artist. The graphic novel – The United States vs PFC Bradley Manning: A Graphic Account from Inside the Courtroom – is as much an act of political activism as a piece of comics reportage.
Stoekley’s style is haunting: the softly rendered scenes are deliberately flat and stark, the characters squeezed awkwardly into oddly lumpy silhouettes. Looking at his other 2D works, it’s clear that Stoekley has deliberately curated his approach to this graphic account to highlight a particular atmosphere in the courtroom. It’s a comic made of courtroom-artist sketches – genius.
There’s a gallery of pages from the work in progress over at the Guardian.
I hope Bradley Manning is taking some comfort from this project. Regardless of how the trial turns out, this graphic documentation looks set to make its mark.