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Year of Graduation


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MFA: Children’s Book Writing and Illustrating

Directing Professor

Hillary Homzie


Illustrated fiction has varied throughout history. Specifically, children’s literature has seen a rise and lull of partially illustrated chapter books and middle grade novels. With the normalization of the internet and access to digital resources and media, illustrated fiction has further evolved within these digital spaces in the form of hybrid analog-digital or fully electronic literature such as zines, webcomics and webserials.

This creative thesis explores these hybrid analog-digital practices through analyzing the history of illustration fiction and its influence on children’s literature and incorporating choice textual and artistic elements. Furthermore, the consideration of Risographic art, a hybrid analog-digital medium will also be examined historically and in practice via experimental illustrations throughout the thesis. Apothecary Diffenbach, an illustrated middle grade fantasy novel was created in response to this research: it embraces being in the middle, in style, form and interest.

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