A new comic up at Cartoon Movement by Dan Carino is a tragic look at self-immolation and the Tibetan situation.
Self-immolation among Tibetan activists has been on the rise over the last few years with TIME Magazine naming it the #1 underreported story of 2011. In New Delhi, India, Dan Carino interviewed activist Shibayan Raha, who was arrested in 2007 for attempting to self-immolate, and visited the refugee settlement Majnu Ka Tilla to see why so many Tibetans seem willing to die for their homeland. The comic blends numerous multimedia aspects, including navigation, an audio/visual slideshow, and outside links to supplemental material to contextualize and support the story.
The subject is so solemn we feel guilty in noting that the interface is very, very effective—hitting the right or left arrows makes a readable-size panel swoop into view. Future cartoonists, take note.
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