Comics don’t just have to be made up stories. As we’ve seen from the likes of Joe Sacco and Marjane Satrapi, documentary, journalism and biography can be just as effective.

This collection of short factual graphic essays span the potential of the medium, cherry picked by editor Brendan Burford. Few of the contributors will leap out at graphic novel readers as household names, because these writers and illustrators (and they’re all one-person bands, tackling both jobs themselves) are working around the established industry.

Like independent film makers they’re pulling together important pieces of work, from personal accounts to serious investigations, and brining them to light as accessible comics. Well worth a look, especially if you’re interested in the breadth of potential graphic literature holds above and beyond the world of simple stories.

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