For this sketch assignment, I chose to simply tell the actual story of how I spent my spring break. Due to the fact, that I did not travel anywhere and I was one of the three people on our floor who stayed in the residence hall, I was just watching TV shows and movies and basically doing nothing useful. When it was the first day of the break I was extremely productive, which motivated me and inspired me. However, the next day’s 12 hours of sleep and realizing that I can do whatever I want to made me procrastinate with my homework.
Walking along the beach with my dad usually was an activity comprised by lots of sun, business conversations, life advice, and a nice cold beer (legal drinking age in Nicaragua is 18…). However, this walk brought a small surprise. As we made our way back to the beach house, we saw a small creature squirming over the wet sand… it was a baby octopus. As fishermen and seafood-fanatics, our first instinct was to see if it was edible; after all, we loved eating octopus. However, as I carefully analyzed it, for some reason, the ruthless seafood eater became a compassionate person and grew empathy for the poor thing. It became impossible for me to even consider eating it anymore. We carried the baby octopus back to the house, placed it in an oxygenated fish bowl, and fed it fish. As the night settled in, we became increasingly interested in analyzing the octopus’ biological complexities, setting it behind many backgrounds varying in colors, seeing how effective it’s color-changing skin really was we quickly discovered that even baby octopi are masters of camouflage.
The sun rose again, and it was now time to head back to the city. With the octopus now well fed and ready to be released, we headed down to the beach and dipped the fishbowl into the water, but it was reluctant to leave its newfound home. We had to pull on it’s tentacles to release the suckers’ surprisingly strong grip, and he was quickly carried away by the waters. It’s release made me realize that I had made the right choice, when considering to eat, or not to eat.
This assignment was a rare occasion because for the first time I actually knew exactly what I was going to draw the moment I read the prompt. Furthermore, the images for each panel came to mind relatively quickly. Strangely enough, it was writing and formatting the text which ended up being the biggest challenge; something that I don’t normally struggle with. I think this occurred because I began by drawing the images before developing a written narrative. So, I had to sort of connect-the-dots with my pre-existing illustrations. Between Spiegelman and Sacco, I would say my comic is far more resemblant of Spiegelman’s style of story-telling, though my dialogue and illustrations are far less exciting!
This comic is based on an interaction I had with someone during spring break. It seems really simple but it really stuck out to me because it was such a bizarre interaction. A random man asked for a dollar at a gas station, so naturally I just assumed I wasn’t getting it back regardless of what he said. But to my surprise, he came back with it and returned it with a friendly “thanks”. I have no clue what he needed it for and I’m still confused by the interaction. Since it was such a simple interaction, I decided to draw in a minimal style, because I feel like it made the most sense. It’s different than how I usually draw but I enjoyed it because it seems more bland for comedy.
My true story is an interesting one because it revolves around an experience that
an actual friend went through. It all revolved around him ignoring the red flags that
love made him ignore. It’s a funny story and it tries to show that someone like
Ury, my friend, shouldn’t change himself for other girls and should stay true.
I had difficulty thinking of what do to this sketch on. When I realized that most of the time people’s best work comes from a situation that they feel strongly about. While I don’t know if this story is necessarily super engaging for the reader, I feel fairly strongly about it, and I think the reader would most likely have had at least a somewhat similar experience. It’s really about picking your battles. Deciding if you can or even should try to change someone’s mind. I first attempted to draw this, but then realized that a digital format would be much cleaner and easier. The more I look at it, I think it looks like a meme. This brings me to wonder if a meme can count as some sort of comic?
The image with the “March for Our Lives” comes from the March for Our Lives website.
The image with the devil and angel comes from the Simpsons.
In this sketch, I wasn’t sure what to draw for the comic. Naturally, I do not talk to stranger because of my habit. I generally found it uncomfortable. Although I did try to find a moment to initiate random conversation, it was avoided since they were already talking or sudden events happened. I did manage to communicate with one stranger throughout my break, but that was only when I saw airport worker waving to me from outside the plane. I could have turned that into a comic, but I believed it lacked conversation and reason to turn it into a comic. Only thing I was able to do is make a comic about my experience during the spring break.
The hardest part of this assignment for me was deciding on a story to turn into a comic – I had some fun experiences over spring break, but nothing really seemed worth of turning into a comic! I still don’t know if its the ‘right’ story, but it is true, and I find it entertaining. I found it quite easy to turn this story into a comic once I had come up with the idea. I had already had a lot of practice from my Literacy Narrative comic, and so I followed the same process for this one, where I drafted it online, where its easy to edit, and then printed out the boxes and drew in the illustrations. On the spectrum of truth, I think this comic falls closer to Spiegelman. The layout is more traditional in terms of comics, and there isn’t much personal bias. I think it is a story that lots of people can relate to, and the simple illustrations mean that it is easy for readers to imagine themselves in my place.
I decided to make less of a story and more of a statement that describes a story. I did add multiple images, but there was a common them to the comic. The story has a great deal of truth when reflecting upon the history of the United States. My comic lies between both “truths” of Sacco’s book and Spiegelman’s comic, but it is skewed towards Sacco’s. This is because Sacco uses his specific experiences and his reporting in order to show his version of “truth” to the story. Similarly, I rely on my experiences to focus on delivering the theme of my story. For this sketch assignment, I decided to go more bold and stray away from a traditional comic with one massive image, with smaller images, to portray a greater theme of the comic.