Title

Compulsion

Lead Author Major

Studio Art

Lead Author Status

Senior

Format

Senior Art and Design Exhibition

Faculty Mentor Name

Jennifer Little

Faculty Mentor Email

jlittle@pacific.edu

Faculty Mentor Department

Art and Graphic Design

Abstract/Artist Statement

Compulsion is a comic that follows the life of Nimi, a South Indian-American teenager who also happens to be a superhero. I have been interest in comics ever since I began reading webcomics in high school, and I have loved superheroes since I was old enough to form opinions. As a teenager, frustrated with the lack of representation I was seeing in mainstream media, I turned to independently created webcomics to find representation of marginalized groups. This desire to seek out content with positive representation (specifically LGBT representation) eventually turned into a desire to create content with positive representation of marginalized groups, which then led into the creation of Compulsion.

The characters and concepts in Compulsion were co-created by myself and my best friend, Maya. When Maya and I initially set out to create the world of Compulsion we decided we wanted to make a comic that follows a group of teenage superheroes who do not fit the classic mold of a typical superhero. Our goal with creating Compulsion was to represent groups that are under represented and to introduce people to identities they may not be familiar with in hopes of encouraging people to be more understanding and empathetic to people who are different from them. Specifically, we wanted to portray LGBT+ people of color in a positive, heroic light.

I made this installment of Compulsion by digitally illustrating the comic pages. While there is some initial thumbnailing and sketching done on paper, the majority of the work is done on the computer with a drawing tablet. My hope for the future of Compulsion is to continue creating short installments that can eventually be hosted online and published in the future.

Location

Reynolds Gallery

Start Date

18-4-2018 6:00 PM

End Date

11-5-2018 5:00 PM

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Compulsion

Reynolds Gallery

Compulsion is a comic that follows the life of Nimi, a South Indian-American teenager who also happens to be a superhero. I have been interest in comics ever since I began reading webcomics in high school, and I have loved superheroes since I was old enough to form opinions. As a teenager, frustrated with the lack of representation I was seeing in mainstream media, I turned to independently created webcomics to find representation of marginalized groups. This desire to seek out content with positive representation (specifically LGBT representation) eventually turned into a desire to create content with positive representation of marginalized groups, which then led into the creation of Compulsion.

The characters and concepts in Compulsion were co-created by myself and my best friend, Maya. When Maya and I initially set out to create the world of Compulsion we decided we wanted to make a comic that follows a group of teenage superheroes who do not fit the classic mold of a typical superhero. Our goal with creating Compulsion was to represent groups that are under represented and to introduce people to identities they may not be familiar with in hopes of encouraging people to be more understanding and empathetic to people who are different from them. Specifically, we wanted to portray LGBT+ people of color in a positive, heroic light.

I made this installment of Compulsion by digitally illustrating the comic pages. While there is some initial thumbnailing and sketching done on paper, the majority of the work is done on the computer with a drawing tablet. My hope for the future of Compulsion is to continue creating short installments that can eventually be hosted online and published in the future.