My five page comic is complete!
“Wildtype” is the story of a farmed salmon who has a vision of being a free wild salmon swimming upstream. He then goes on a journey to find his true home.
This comic will be published in an anthology along with the other amazing stories of my classmates. The theme for this anthology was “Homecoming” and it took a long time to come up with this story. Thanks to my mama bear, @walkerphotoproject, for helping me with the idea, and for coming up with the title! Wild type is a term in genetics that essentially means the normal and non-mutated version of a gene common in nature.
I struggled so much with page 4, and @the_stevewalker, our instructor, deemed it a “successful failure,” which I am proud of. That page is to be read from the bottom up, and I tried to give as many cues to indicate that as possible, but it wasn’t enough. I learned that an anchor at the upper left corner that connects downward (like using a text bubble that connects down to the character at the bottom of the page) is an effective method to direct the flow of the story for the reader. I am happy with the dialogue and character positions of that page, which I think show that this is an ongoing conversation between two characters without the use of panels. I also tried to allude to the shape of a double helix.
This is my second completed comic, and I learned so much and had a lot of fun drawing the oh so curvaceous sockeye salmon. What a fish!
I’m looking forward to my next project and completing one from the summer.
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