Go to where the silence is. --Amy GoodmanDemocracy Now!


Erik Thurman is an award-winning author/illustrator who specializes in comics journalism and nonfiction comics about current events in Asia and North/South America, with a focus on education, migration, and human rights. He is currently based in Santiago, Chile. Some of his past clients include the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, The Nib, The Intercept Brasil, Splinter News, Korea Expose, and Drawing the Times, and his work was featured in the Eisner-nominated anthology, Eat Your Comics


In the past, Erik has investigated political kidnappings of university students in the Philippines, covered economic inequality and demonstrations in China, worked as a teacher in a South Korean orphanage to illuminate child abuse in neoliberal education, reported on migrant labor abuse and modern-day slavery in Qatar and India, went undercover to research human rights violations perpetuated by a multinational mining corporation in Latin America, and investigated the military cover-up of an assassination of an indigenous activist in the southern conflict zone of Chile.


He has also been shortlisted for a Reportager Award in the past for his work researching neoliberal policies in global education with his graphic memoir, The American Immigrant. He is a member of the Authors Guild.


His hobbies include hiking, drinking coffee, and fighting corruption.

Feel free to reach out: www.erikthurmanblog (at) yahoo (dot) com

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Internationally Published and Distributed Works 

2019 Illustration for Handbook on Children Affected by the Foreign-Fighter Phenomenon: Ensuring a Child Rights-Based Approach, United Nations 

          Office of Counter-Terrorism, New York

2019 Betsy DeVos’ ‘School Choice’ Movement Isn’t Social Justice. It’s a Return to Segregation, included in the collection ¿Educación? ¿QUÉ EDUCACIÓN?

          by Adam Bessie, MORATA. Madrid, Spain

2018 Illustration for Handbook on Human Rights and Screening in Border Security and Management, United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, NY

2018 Illustration and design for Pocketbook on Human Rights and Screening in Border Security and Management, United Nations Office of Counter-

          Terrorism, New York

2018 Disaster Capitalism, entry for the anthology Now is the Time for Monsters, World War 3 Illustrated. New York, NY

2017 Illustration for Undocumented: Architecture of Migrant Detention, Ad Astra Comix, Canada

2017 There is no “F” in Korean, self-published comic

2016 The Intellectual Ramblings of Samuel Flower, self-published comic

2015 Umbrella Blackout: China’s War on Digital Activism, entry for the anthology Eat More Comics, The Nib, Portland, Oregon

2014 Illustration for Grassroot Comics, World Comics. Delhi, India.

2013 Seoul Grind, entry for the anthology The Cartoon Picayune (Issue #5), Washington DC

2012 What Haunts Us, entry for the anthology Uncanny Mysteries, 8th Wonder Press. Denver, Colorado

2012 The Barriers to Higher Education, entry for the literary journal Reed Magazine (Volume #65). San Jose, California

2011 Seven Hours to Kill, entry for the literary journal 5x5, Tacoma, Washington


The Nib

The Intercept Brasil

Fusion / Splinter News

The Guardian

Drawing the Times

Korea Expose



Media Appearances and Interviews

2021 From Fine Art to Non-Fiction Comics. Graphic Opinions

Awards and Nominations 

2017 Award; Best Online Media/General feature, The New York Association of Black Journalists’ Awards Competition. New York, NY

2016 Nominated; included in the Eisner-nominated Eat Your Comics for "Best Anthology"

2015 Shortlist; Reportager Award for graphic journalism, The University of the West of England. Bristol, United Kingdom

Exhibitions, Collections and Presentations 

2017 Amadora BD Festival, 28th International Festival featuring Comics Reportage, Amadora, Portugal

2017 Jankura Art Space, Documenting the North Korean Refugee Crisis, Seoul, South Korea

2012 봉화산 커피 (Bonghwasan Coffee), 아메리카노 (Americano), Seoul, South Korea

2010 Borders, San Jose, CA

2009 Works, San Jose, CA

2009 San Jose State University, Animation/Illustration Gallery, San Jose, CA

2008 Trewin’s Framery and Art Gallery, Modesto, CA

2008 Wanderlust Coffee Company, Modesto, CA

2008 The Queen Bean Coffee Shop, Modesto, CA

2008 Modesto State Theater, Modesto, CA

2008 The Mistlin Gallery, The Member’s Show, Modesto, CA

2008 Riverdance Farms, The Pick and Gather, Livingston, CA

2008 Modesto Junior College, The Celebration of Humanities Show, Modesto, CA

2007 Downtown Modesto, The Modesto Art and Wine Festival, Modesto, CA

2007 Modesto Junior College, The Celebration of Humanities Show, Modesto, CA

Teaching Experience 

2017-18 Instructor of English as a Foreign Language, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago Centro, Región Metropolitana, Chile

2016-17 Instructor of English as a Foreign Language, Deungma Elementary School, Gangseo-gu, Seoul-si, South Korea

2015       Instructor of English as a Foreign Language, Geumgang University, Nonsan-si, Chungcheonnam-do, South Korea

2103-15 Instructor of English as a Foreign Language, Aloysius Elementary School and Orphanage, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul-si, South Korea

2011-12 Instructor of English as a Foreign Language, Taereung High School, Jungnang-gu, Seoul-si, South Korea

2009-11 Instructor of Art, Caduang Tete National High School, Macabebe, Pampanga, Philippines

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