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Dan Archer

Dan Archer is a graphic journalist covering human rights and social justice issues such as human trafficking, domestic violence, homelessness and the plight of undocumented immigrants. He uses illustrated reportage and live sketching to adapt real-life testimonies into comics format in situations where video or photographic equipment is inappropriate or, at worst, traumatic for those sharing their stories. He has collaborated with numerous NGOs to produce outreach materials (on disparate subjects from the abuse of street children in Kathmandu to neo-natal death and malnutrition in Africa) in the form of comics that have been translated into several different languages and distributed around the world. He is also a principal investigator on the first project to measure the impact of different forms of visual media for their awareness-raising potential in the field among low-literacy populations in rural Nepal, funded by Humanity United and the US State Department.

Archer was a 2011 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow, spending his time at Stanford working on ways to promote comics journalism as a legitimate, innovative way of news storytelling. He also experimented with incorporating interactive multimedia elements into his work, which have been published by The Cartoon Movement and the BBC. These days, Dan is finishing his graphic novel based on his investigation into trafficking in Nepal, where he lived and worked Sept 2012-13. His pieces have been featured by The Guardian, Huffington Post, World War 3 Illustrated, America Public Media, Truthout, PBS and several other outlets. He was part of an Eisner-nominated team for his contribution to Yiddishkeit, a graphic anthology that chronicled the history of contemporary Yiddish culture, for which he partnered with the late Harvey Pekar. His work was also featured in the State Dept's 2013 Trafficking in Persons report. He has spoken on panels on graphic journalism at the Online News Association (San Francisco), Eurasia Foundation (Russia) and the Woodstock Digital Media Festival. and He is based in Santa Cruz, California and teaches graphic novel writing at Stanford University.

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Twitter: @archcomix


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