The Ocean's Story
University of Michigan's BFA program includes a year long class known as Integrative Project, where students get to work on a project of their choosing using what they learned from previous years. As a dual major in Art & Design and Program in the Environment, I wanted to have a project that was a synthesis of my two majors, allowing me to expand my technical skills in making comics while also highlighting environmental issues.
For my Integrative Project, I created a graphic novel that addresses issues currently facing our oceans. In the process of creating this project, I have honed my skills as a cartoonist as well as creating a successful narrative. This narrative connects the reader to environmental issues affecting oceans and hopes to cause introspection towards living a more sustainable and eco-friendly life. This process has also provided me with the skills necessary to produce my own comic and adapt it for an exhibition setting.