iPad app humanizes and expands the audience for global news through illustrative storytelling.

Those familiar with the work of Joe Sacco understand how powerful journalism can be when combined with comic books. We explored this topic in greater depth in our interview with Caleb Melby, a writer at Forbes who worked with JESS3 to develop a comic book on the life of Steve Jobs.

Moving the intersection of comics and news further, Symbolia is an iPad magazine that repackages current news as comics, making it interactive and more easily accessible to a wider audience.

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Founded by Erin Polgreen, Symbolia capitalizes on how comics’ sequential art can help news readers process information differently and the interactive capabilities of the iPad. Although it takes a longer time to produce a news story, the app frames newsbites in an illustrative way that humanizes the story.

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