On January 15, 2017, I launched the first chapter of the third draft of my experimental graphic novel: Molly- a true crime analysis.
Birds have been a recurring theme throughout the work. It is difficult to explain their symbolism fully, but to me they carry messages across space and time.
I spent Dec 31, 2017-Jan 1, 2018 drawing birds for a particular image I wanted for Part 22 and in order to end and start the new year working on the book. The drawing process was a joy but I was surprised at how loud my inner critic was, how sad I became, how I questioned the validity of the book, the point.
I danced with the critic though, didn’t fight the darkness that welled up, and continued to put china marker to paper and wheatpaste to canvas until I felt done.
MOLLY- A TRUE CRIME ANALYSIS
This true crime/cold case/murder mystery art project has been part of my life since 2003, though I know I was born to write and illustrate it.
These are three timelines interwoven into the work. I am as much part of this experiment as Molly O’Dwyer and the Babes in the Wood are.
This continues to be an exciting, soul-empowering journey of creating a massive draft that contains most everything about my findings. I have been posting pretty much a chapter a week and making it available for free at mollygraphicnovel.com.
Each chapter is choreographed to a piece of music, adding to my creative process in a unique way- a way I did not predict at all until I posted the first chapter. This experimental way of sharing my process for free has allowed my to organize all my materials and multiple story timelines in preparation for creating a “final” book draft.
I put final in quotation marks as discoveries continue and I cannot always predict what direction it goes.
Chapters to date:
In memory of the Babes in the Wood:
“The image of a dead bird in the snow is similar to the popular “Babe in the Woods” motif of children who are in their mortal sleep in the forest, and may have likewise been a call to empathy for the less fortunate.”