Web comics continue to be a rich source of material for publishers. Several of the selected comics were previously self-published and some were supported by highly successful Kickstarter campaigns. These books come to the publisher with a built-in audience, and traditional publishing allows the creator to extend their reach to new audiences, too. The incredible School Library Journal shortlist includes 3 CCS alum: Eleri Harris ′14, Melanie Gillman ′12, and Tillie Walden ′16:
Reported Missing: A True Story of Family and Murder by Eleri Harris ′14
A seven-part web comic tells the true story of Susan Neill-Fraser, who is serving 23 years in an Australian prison for the murder of her partner. Eleri looks at what it is like when your mom is charged with murder. Reported Missing is The Nib’s first serialized work of long-form comics journalism. Originally from Tasmania, Eleri went to school with Sarah Bowles, whose mother is the one convicted of murder. With this insight, she delves into the emotional nightmare behind Tasmania’s most controversial murder conviction. The first of seven posts went up just a week before the Supreme Court appeal could change everything. Eleri Harris is deputy director at The Nib.