The Nib Magazine Cities Issue Call Out

From “Why Am I Scared to Ride a Bike?” by Vreni

Dear Cartoonists,

Do you, like 83% of Americans, live in a city? Or possibly a burg, a metropolis, or a megapolis?

Since 7500 BCE human beings have lived in cities and, in the 12th issue of our magazine, The Nib will be exploring our planet’s population hubs with the theme of “Cities.”

As always, we will publish nonfiction comics that explore the theme in creative ways, through journalism, history, memoir, explainers, and satire. We’re interested in all variety of stories related to cities — from Tokyo (the biggest) to the Vatican (the smallest). We want to hear tales about the sewers, the streets, the apartments buildings, the offices, the mansions, the parks, the freeways, the skyscrapers and the closest bodega in your neighborhood. Got a hot take on gentrification (doesn’t everyone)? Or a strongly worded letter on urban design? A deep dive into what happened with public housing? Please, send us a pitch.

Please shape your pitch for a specific section of the magazine:

Dispatches: Think short! These 8–10 panel pieces of nonfiction journalism, explainers, interviews, history and memoir tell pointed stories in a concise way.

Examples of Dispatches from the Family and Death issues: It’s All in the Family, Famous Family Feuds, She Talks to Dead Pets, It’s Our Funeral

Features: These 5–10 page (20–40 panel) pieces of nonfiction journalism, explainers, interviews, history and memoir are the heart of The Nib magazine.

Examples of features from the Family and Death issues: Crossed, Cruel and Usual, As Before So Behind.

We pay for $450 Dispatches and between $700–$1500 for Features depending on length. Each issue also features a variety of front of the book matter and interstitial art — so if you have an unconventional idea that doesn’t fit into the above categories, it could be just what we’re looking for.

Send us your ideas to editors@thenib.com by January 14, 2022.

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