Comics: Kameryn Skillingstad

Comic by Kameryn Skillingstad 2018

My comic was intended for print on an 8.5 x 11 inch page. After reading Eroyn Franklin’s digital comics and Scott McCloud’s print comic, I realized I enjoyed reading comics in a printed form much better. I don’t know whether it was the satisfaction of turning each page and looking forward to what’s on the next or having the physical copy of a text in my hands that gave me a sensation of liking print more than digital comics. Creating this comic was somewhat challenging for me because I found myself wanting to draw every movement of the main character, Jim. However, in Scott McCloud’s book Understanding Comics, he talks about the idea of closure and how there is a power to leaving the invisible and in-between frames events up for interpretation by the reader. In the third page of my comic, I attempted to have a more unique transition from frames by creating a though bubble that turned into its own frame. In Understand Comics, McCloud talks about the six layers of comics in reference to an apple. In my comic, I made the creators decision to have a strong “seed”, as McCloud referenced, or idea/story of the comic. My comic focuses on Jim reminiscing about the love of his life, Maria, by trying on hats that he’s worn throughout his life that flash him back to important moments in his life. For example, on the first page of my comic, which is depicted above, Jim tries on a striped hat that represents his youth and when he first met the beautiful Maria. Since this was my first time using Illustrator, I steered away from having intricate details and vibrant colors, focusing more on the plot and I hope my viewers understand and enjoy that aspect of the comic. I used many tools in Illustrator such as the brush tool to create all of my characters, pen tool 1 to create the frames and straight lines in my comic, the layers tool to separate artboards and figures I wanted to separate, the text tool to create all the speech, etc. Overall, I believe my comic utilized the conventions from Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comicsin order to create a printed comic.

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