In Fall 2019, students in my two Georgetown WRIT-015 sections created comics as part of their first writing assignment. These comics were meant to interrogate events of their choosing related to security or gender, the intersection of which is the theme of my writing classes this semester.
To introduce them to the genre of graphic memoir and non-fiction comics (and to inspire them) students read Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud, Drawn to Berlin by Ali Fitzgerald, and The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation by Sid Jacobson & Ernie Colon.
After receiving their projects back, students uploaded them to Omeka & voted on the top three from each section to represent the best work from this semester's two classes.
In some cases, their top comics explored the cultural heritage of the students whose parents or grandparents emigrated to the United States to escape conflict. In other cases, students used the assignment to explore a facet of their identity or privilege. Still others saw this as a chance to do the social justice recovery work of telling under-told stories.
These top six comics are accompanied by an artist statement by the student discussing their work and intentions.
You're also welcome to browse other student comics via the "items" or "collections" option -- or search for a particular topic.