Abstract

Skyler Garrison and I are working together to create a Manga one-shot: a short, beginning chapter that can lead to a longer series. Skyler is the writer, while I am the artist. The world of comics is a rising form of art, and it can create intricate characters and portray unique worlds. Skyler and I will be creating a comic in the Japanese form called Manga. We want to help prove that comics can be serious literary works, full of real characters with complex emotions, themes and ideas. Books written by Scott McCloud and other comic theorists provide insight into the different aspects of comics. Other graphic novels can help us with inspiration, technique, and pacing, like the Pulitzer prize winning Maus and the highly successful manga series Bakuman. With these tools and creativity, we hope to show the true potential of Manga and comics.