I am designing a graphic novel that addresses environmental concerns and provides the reader with incentive to change their outlook on ecological issues by creating an emotional connection through narrative.
Environmental issues are becoming too prevalent to be ignored, such that people must begin to view sustainable practices as an individual responsibility. Oceans specifically have suffered due to their illusion of infiniteness, making it harder for the average consumer to see the effect their day-to-day choices make. I belief that a graphic novel can communicate these issues in an accessible way by showing facts and human impact pictorially instead of via bare facts and data. Attaching a narrative to this information will allow readers to have an emotional attachment to the story and to the ocean, is such a way that they will feel the need to change the habits of their daily lives.
Four years experience in making hand rendered comic books has prepared me for this undertaking, as well as providing me with peers in my field (see ‘Human Resources’ below), For this project, I hope to create a 100+ page comic in book form. This will involve creating a script, sketching out thumbnails, inking pages, and then coloring them with watercolor paints. I wish to keep the process as organic as possible to retain the narrative integrity of the story, and digitally formatting will only be used in the final stages of book making.
In its final form, I hope to display it in a gallery as a book with framed excerpts hanging nearby. Its final resting place would be libraries and comic book stores.
- Finish script and finalize comic lettering
- Research book production
- Start working on thumbnails
- Finish thumbnails
- Begin 1st draft of pages
- Apply for grants
- Finish 1st draft of pages
- Start inking pages
- IP critique
- Finish inking pages
- Start coloring pages
- Draft of thesis due
- Postcard image due
- Finish coloring pages
- Finishing touches to pages
- Final edits to pages digitally
- Send in pages for production
- Prepare for exhibit
- Final thesis due
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Ray McDaniel: poetry professor and comic artist
Phoebe Gloekner: graphic narrative professor and graphic novelist
Jerzy Drozd: cartoonist, blogger (comicsaregreat.com), and teaching artist