The list author says: "Lately there have been more people trying out comics as a form for serious nonfiction writing and I think there is a lot to be learned from these efforts, many of which have been quite good. There is a promising future for nonfiction comics on the rise as many college courses are choosing comics as part of their textbook load.
I tried not to include any heavily autobiographical works, because I wanted to keep the focus on informative nonfiction."
"The first of three books chronicling the coming of all life into the Modern World. Larry Gonick has made his entire career in comics writing non-fiction and has produced a substantial amount of work, but his cartoon histories have been the best in my personal opinion."
"Harvey Pekar, one of the few comic writers to be widely recognized and respected by adult readers due to his autobiographical comic series, American Splendor has recently started taking a spin at some things outside his own little life."
"One of the classics of non-fiction comics and a personal favorite comic biography. King gives a filled out portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr's life, delving deep into his family life and political career as well as his instrumental role as an activist."