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Illustration by Shannon Wright

In 1926, American historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced that the second week of February would be “Negro History Week,” where educational institutions would take time to focus on the history of African Americans. The concept was a hit and gained in popularity over the following decades. Then, in 1970, Black History Month was first celebrated at Kent University and the rest is… you know.

Over the past six years, The Nib has always commissioned work around the celebration for the month of February, but in 2021 it feels like…


by Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg

Postal ballots make it easier for everyone’s voice to be heard, especially now — but the usual forces are are arrayed against voting rights.

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Emily Flake turns the mundane stuff of life into dark satire. For The Nib, the Brooklyn-based New Yorker cartoonist has illustrated a series of things you should have accomplished by age 35, highlighted “porn for moms,” and penned a list of silver linings to the fact that climate change dooms us all.

She was interviewed by Sarah Mirk.

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How did you get started making comics professionally? Was there a point when you had to take the plunge into making art your career?

I figured out in art school that if I could make my art funny people would be more…

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