Comic      Project

            Saving Halloween: Little Girl Lost was my "thesis" for my graduation as a comic major at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. I slaved over it to show just what I had learned during the four years I had attended art school. I also made a small gallery show of it, which you can see pictures of above and below. As of this writing, that was over two years ago, but it was only recently that I finally went back and properly finished the art so they could be seen as I intended.

Looking back at old art is always a bittersweet thing. I was happy, at least, to see evidence of further growth in my illustration and storytelling abilities since graduation. But of course, the old art itself is hard to look at without cringing in places. The memories of producing the 24 full pages -- here assembled to read in "infinite canvas" mode -- still feel so fresh to me, that the "oldness" of much of the art is a little jarring. In many places, I have the distinct idea of what I was going for still swimming around in my brain, but what came out of me at the time falls so short of what I really wanted then and still do now.

What I'm trying to get at is that I still consider Saving Halloween an open project. I'm currently completely rewriting the "Little Girl Lost" portion into something that will better function as a first chapter for a graphic novel and plotting out the rest of the book. It's a long-term project, and I have a lot of things on my plate. Consequently, I'm not entirely sure when Saving Halloween will be really, really finished, but I'm stubborn enough that I know it will happen. You can quote me on that.

If you have any comments relating to Saving Halloween, please feel free to contact me and let them fly at me from across the internet.

Saving Halloween © Diana Nock, 2005-2008.