NC Local News Workshop Newsletter says BOOM and Charlotte Journalism Collaborative have launched a new graphic novel. Here’s an excerpt:
Published October 8, 2020
by Eric Frederick
The Charlotte Journalism Collaborative and BOOM Charlotte have launched THE PANDEMIC, a graphic novel of stories about COVID-19’s impact on people in the Charlotte area. Eight artists and eight reporters are working on it, said Chris Rudisill, the CJC director.
The first episode, with artwork by Marcus Kiser, is based on (and linked to) a video story by Stephanie Bunao and John D. Simmons for The Charlotte Observer about the first month of the pandemic in North Carolina.
“When the Collaborative pivoted to COVID-19 coverage earlier this year, we hosted virtual town halls with the community asking what they needed, and we started talking about creative solutions for broader coverage,” Rudisill told me. “There is just a mass of news and information about COVID-19 out there, and we needed to break through the noise.
“We also were searching for new ways to reach people that aren’t considered your typical news audience. Things really came together when we met with BOOM Charlotte.”