Founded by Chicago-based journalist, media consultant and comic enthusiast Erin Polgreen, Symbolia is to journalism what the graphic novel is to literature.
Traditional media such as newspapers and magazines continue to tailspin as they struggle for identity in the digital age. While Symbolia isn't seeking to replace the old guard, it recognizes that a fresh voice needs to be brought into the arena.
Symbolia started about three years ago when Polgreen said she began noticing a new crop of comics creators who were also doing journalism.
"I was really into the work Sarah Glidden,Ted Rall and Matt Bors had been doing, specifically because they had been using Kickstarter to fund trips for non-fiction comics on conflict zones," Polgreen told Discovery News. "They had been quite successful."
Not only that, these non-fiction story tellers were flying completely under the radar of traditional news organizations.
And then one day, Polgreen said she had a "kapow moment."
"I was reading an issue of Wonder Woman, then I switched over to reading a magazine on my new iPad I got off of Craigslist," Polgreen said. "Everything just kind of clicked together, like picking a lock. That's our origin story, if you will."