Webcomic: The Illustrated Guide To Law

The Illustrated Guide to Law is a webcomic by Nathaniel Burney that teaches legal concepts to a general audience. For each subject, the comic begins by presuming no knowledge, then proceeds in baby steps to fairly sophisticated discussions.

This work contains examples of:

  • A Dick in Name: In the section covering the fifth amendment, a corrupt corporate executive is named Richard Head. The author lampshades this, saying "This is what happens when I let my 9-yr-old design a character."
  • Art Evolution: The author has acknowledged that, at first, he didn't think anybody would be reading it, so the art was done quickly and inconsistently. But once he realized he had an audience, he started putting more effort into the art.
  • The Big Guy: The Heavy in the Conspiracy storyline, Judge Bahrwho's actually a judge, strangely enough.
  • Classy Catburglar: Mrs. Flavors in the Conspiracy section.
  • Five-Bad Band: In the story arc about Conspiracy.
  • Idiot Ball: several people used in examples (mostly by misunderstanding various legal principles).
  • The Mole: the Entrapment section includes several undercover cops or police informants. The Miranda Rights section reveals that the Ringleader from the Conspiracy section was a police mole
  • Perspective Flip: in the Miranda Rights section, we get to see the Conspiracy storyline from the perspective of the police as they arrest and interrogate the criminals
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: instead of the other examples (which use people), the explanation of rape uses stick figures
  • Take That: His section on the jury gets absolutely nasty toward the system, pointing out that expecting twelve ordinary individuals with no legal training to comprehend the complex requirements of the job is entirely unreasonable.
  • Western Terrorists: All the terrorists that the comic uses for examples appear to be white and vaguely anti-corporate/anti-government