This was my final project for my drawing class in Florence, Italy. My teacher pushed me to rethink how I constructed my comic pages by forcing me to invent creative ways to make 2-page spreads for my story and to make sure that my compositions lead the reader's eye through the page in the way I intend. I studied a few Hitchcock films for shot composition.
The Story was inspired by Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, in which a fictional rendition of Marco Polo details his travels to Kublai Khan and talks of all the wonders he's seen. The text in my story originates from a quote in the book:
"You take delight not in a city's seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours."
However, I rewrote the quote and added on in order to make it my own and form a unique story. I wanted to take the environment I'd lived in during my time in Florence (in addition to the environments of other areas in Italy that I had visited) and incorporate that language into my comic, thus creating various fantastical cities with architecture based off of cities like Florence, Rome, and Venice. This story, in many ways, reflects my experiences during my time studying abroad in Italy.
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