Progress check – Graphic Novel and Web Comic

Blog postings have slowed over the past couple of weeks as I have been immersed in thesis presentations and job interviews for teaching positions. Prepping for these has been exciting, but time consuming.

Graphic novel and web comic

I’ve managed to get about 12 pages of chapter 2 completed in spite of all this, and I am pleased with the look and pacing thus far. Chapter 1 continues to show up in Friday morning (GMT-5) installments of single — and sometimes double-page spreads for those who were not able to get in on the full chapter 1 launch back in November. I’m confident that I can keep up the pace but a lot depends on how the rest of this semester goes and whether a teaching position out-of-state requires me to move this summer. If it looks like producing pages is going to slow down, I may have to resort to single panels for my Friday postings. I’m going to post a piece from chapter 2 here on the blog sometime in March. I’m trying to decide what to tease people with.

Design fiction thesis

I’m in the final stages of my written thesis, (trying to focus on formatting) but there is some much news, research and commentary coming out, on a weekly basis concerning design fiction that I’m constantly tempted to add in new stuff. I’m at that stage where I simply have to stop writing. A co-worker at OSU was generous enough to share her inDesign formatting options so I am hoping that I can just dump my existing Word doc into the format, do a little tweaking and then submit it to the college for review. Pending their approval and the approval of my committee in April, I will have the written portion printed and I can call it a “wrap.” Of course, it will probably never end since design fiction is my research focus and I hope to be adding to the body of work at whatever institution of higher learning that I end up at. I have already outlined some essentials for a design fiction class, and recently conducted a design fiction workshop with my visual communication students. There were some interesting results.

 

More to come.

 

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