With thousands of diplomatic cables to be released courtesy of WikiLeaks, most people rely on their favorite news sources to sort through it all, usually spotlighting the ones with the most political impact. Which is a shame, because the leaks reveal so much about the daily lives of diplomats and politicians, sometimes revealing thoughts and events that wouldn’t be out of place on a cable reality show.
To explore that potential, Joe Alterio of HiLobrow has been illustrating selected cables in a series of “Cablegate Comix” that reprint cables with illustrations to accompany each line. So when they mention Karim Massimov, the prime minister of Kazakhstan, dancing at a trendy nightclub, you get a drawing of Prime Minister Karim Massimov dancing at a trendy nightclub.
The biggest problem with some of these comics is that they might not go far enough with the illustrations, letting the text do most of the work. Eight comics have been released so far; hopefully in future installments Alterio will feel freer to add his artistic interpretations.
(via Comics Alliance)