As a journalist and a designer, I’m particularly drawn to comics and graphic novels. I’m convinced that it’s the most perfect form of storytelling. When you read a truly good comic, it can hit you on the deepest level. They have the unique ability to tell (and show) a very personal story and still make it relatable to any reader. I even tried my hand at it earlier this year, when I created my own comic about how I was experiencing time passing during the pandemic.
It is an honor (and one of my favorite parts of my job) to hire and work with comic artists to help tell and share their stories on The Lily. This year has been news-making in so many ways, and our comics have covered it all — from experiencing the coronavirus first hitting the United States to protesting safely to celebrating a virtual wedding to creating safe spaces for Black women. Here’s a roundup of 12 of my favorite comics from 2020.
Note: All views expressed are opinions of the artists.
Comic artist Christine Inzer was tired of constantly trying to be “new.”
Recovering from being sick with covid-19 taught comic artist Marian Blair a lot about herself.
Comic artist Bianca Xunise became more frustrated with messages from non-Black and White friends because she still doesn’t feel seen.
Comic artist Gemma Correll shared what it’s like to have anxiety around endless Zoom calls during the pandemic.
Comic artist Christine Suggs was infuriated to see jokes about gaining weight in self-quarantine.
Growing up in an impoverished community, free counseling was necessary for comic artist Sage Coffey.
Thankfully, technology led comic artist Lauren Barnett and her wife to a futuristic happily ever after.
At times, being on social media feels performative for comic artist Mayya Agapova.
When Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Sept. 18, comic artist Katie Wheeler argued it was time to turn grief into fuel for change.
During the pandemic, comic artist Dabin Han feels more exposed, with fewer people to turn to when she’s out in public.
Comic artist Brooke Barker encourages readers to expand their animal knowledge with these interesting tidbits.
Comic artist Pepita Sándwich couldn’t wait to see art. But the museum-going experience was totally different.