Saturday, August 13, 2016

Visualization in comic books

Jonathan Hickman is one of the most interesting comic book authors nowadays. His non-superhero work is consistently innovative, ambitious —some say “pretentious”— and often disorienting, as he loves to play with story structures and layout. One of his earliest books, The Nightly News, is full of graphs, charts, diagrams, and maps. Just take a look:

Hickman has just launched a lovely new series, The Black Monday Murders, which chronicles a vast conspiracy behind the global financial system. Here's a graph from the last pages of the first issue:

I wonder what the scale of that thing is, and where the data came from!