Today, Polgreen is launching “Symbolia,” an app that she subtitles ”the Tablet Magazine of Illustrated Journalism.” The magazine’s mission is “to provide an immersive, engaging experience for a new generation of newshounds.”
“I founded Symbolia because I want to shift the way we think about journalism and nonfiction storytelling,” Polgreen tells Comic Riffs. “I want to bring a sense of wonder and play to the news.”
Besides Glidden and Cagle — whose work has also been featured on the comics journalism site the Cartoon Movement — the app will spotlight such graphic journalists as Wendy MacNaughton, Darryl Holliday, Erik Nelson Rodriguez, Kat Fajardo and Audrey Quinn.
“As a lifeling comics fan, I also wanted to increase the visibility of a new crop of cartoonists and fine artists [who] are telling incredible stories by merging and reportage ... ,” Polgreen tells Comic Riffs.
Polgreen underscores why she and co-founder Joyce Rice decided a bimonthly digital magazine was the best platform for this storytelling.
“I raised money to found Symbolia because I am committed to paying these groundbreaking storytellers, and the tablet marketplace offers solid opportunities to create a more sustainable, subscription-based revenue source that can support creative work and surface new artists,” Polgreen says. (Subscriptions are $11.99 for six issues; $2.99 for a single issue; and a preview issue is free.)
“Today, news organizations are struggling to figure out what ‘audience engagement’ means — or how to reach more people with journalism that serves the public,” Polgreen tells us. “Comics and journalism are a powerful tool for accomplishing these goals.