#Graphicnovel update! Checklists, mindmaps, plotting out chapters, inciting incident… #startattheend

I love that all I am doing in my art and career feeds the graphic novel, even if I’m not working on pages in the book per se. When I do my street art, I am utilizing the style and perfecting the technique and medium I am using in Molly. When I am working with…

Cornucopia from @CloudscapeComic!

I just received a fantastic package of 5 anthologies from: purchased at Cloudscape’s televised 24-hour fundraising comic jam — The Cloudscape Comics Society is a community of comic creators in Vancouver, BC who together publish and distribute quality graphic novel anthologies, as well as host comic workshops and other related events. Here enterprising comic artists…

Her Catholic childhood. #Vancouver #coldcase #graphicnovel

“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I survived at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.” ― Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes — — MOLLY-…

Daniel Clowes- “knowing counterpoint.”

I have this certain vision of the way I want my comics to look; this sort of photographic realism, but with a certain abstraction that comics can give. It’s kind of a fine line. – Daniel Clowes — — — — See also: Daniel Clowes Part (BBC Documentary) by lesebb1

Where it starts and where it ends- two unidentified males. #Vancouver #coldcase #graphicnovel

MOLLY- the graphic novel — Many have been asking if they can still contribute to the graphic novel project.  YES PLEASE!  You can donate via PAYPAL here: DONATE —

ASYLUM. #graphicnovel research

When I saw this book on my fave site, BrainPickings, I immediately called around the local bookstores and found a copy downtown. From BrainPickings: One of the 19th-century’s most notorious socioarchitectural phenomena were the “insane asylums” that housed the era’s mentally ill — enormous and stunning buildings whose architecture stood in stark contrast with the ominous…

Creative process = flow = trust. #graphicnovel #crimescene #Vancouver #coldcase

I am letting the creative process flow through me as I work on the story.  Letting whatever comes out, come out as it needs to.  Editing will happen later. TRUST. — MOLLY- the graphic novel — Many have been asking if they can still contribute to the graphic novel project.  YES PLEASE!  You can donate…

Journal/drawing exercise: “best way to learn is copy copy copy.” Tonight: #DANIELCLOWES

Give yourself a few minutes to check in with yourself in your journal.  Write/draw… Copying a fave artist can be very meditative.     —

Saturday visual experimentation Part 5. Redo, Transform: Jocelyn

Recall: Saturday visual experimentation Part 1 Saturday visual experimentation Part 2 Saturday visual experimentation Part 3 Saturday visual experimentation Part 4 As mentioned in part 1, I’m experimenting with using a pre-existing book as a journal.  I’m using: Tales of the Batman by Tim Sale. Today’s original page (by Tim Sale): On today’s re-done, transformed page, I began with…

Visual experimentation Part 4. Redo, Transform: ALTER #BATMAN

Recall: Saturday visual experimentation Part 1 Saturday visual experimentation Part 2 Saturday visual experimentation Part 3 As mentioned in part 1, I’m experimenting with using a pre-existing book as a journal.  I’m using: Tales of the Batman by Tim Sale. On today’s re-done, transformed page, I used black and white china marker and red acrylic and was inspired by…

Visual experimentation Part 3. Redo, Transform: White on Black

Recall: Saturday visual experimentation Part 1 Saturday visual experimentation Part 2 As mentioned in part 1, I’m experimenting with using a pre-existing book as a journal.  I’m using: Tales of the Batman by Tim Sale. On today’s re-done, transformed end paper, I’m using white china marker on black to research my graphic novel.

Saturday visual experimentation Part 2. Redo, Transform f. @SleuthTheBand

Recall: Saturday visual experimentation Part 1 As mentioned in part 1, I’m experimenting with using a pre-existing book as a journal.  I’m using: Tales of the Batman by Tim Sale. On this re-done, transformed page, I celebrate my son’s band, SLEUTH, as they prepare to leave for NEW YORK CITY to appear at POP FEST 2012! — Some…

Best way to learn is copy copy copy. Tonight: #SKYDOLL.

Tonight, watching Cloudscape’s 24 hour comic jam:

Forest floor. #graphicnovel #crimescene #Vancouver #coldcase

Currently working on a page focusing on a child’s hand on the forest floor on  OCTOBER 5, 1947. — MOLLY- the graphic novel — Many have been asking if they can still contribute to the graphic novel project.  YES PLEASE!  You can donate via PAYPAL here: DONATE —

On Becoming a Woman- vintage treasure. #graphicnovel research #Vancouver #coldcase

I found a glorious and heartbreaking book on ETSY at LOST BEAR STUDIO as I was searching for 1940s/50s items for my graphic novel research. On Becoming A Woman by Harold Shryock, MD. The information teenage women were receiving at the time regarding their physical, personal and sexual development was truly horrifying from my perspective…

Molly’s birthday: April 25, 1924. Evolution of the #familytree. #graphicnovel #Vancouver #coldcase

MOLLY- the graphic novel  I know that my heart will be forever in this suspended animation, as I live entwined in their circumstance. — Many have been asking if they can still contribute to the graphic novel project.  YES PLEASE!  You can donate via PAYPAL here: DONATE —

Giddy over my vintage 1943 Complete Book of Sewing from @WhimsicalVintag! #graphicnovel research

It arrived!  Absolutely delicious and perfect primary source for my graphic novel research. Whimsical Vintage is a delightful store!  I encourage you to visit!  I can’t wait to shop again!

Scrapbook experimenting for #graphic novel, Molly. #Vancouver’s #coldcase, Babes in the Woods.

I ordered a couple of batches of vintage scrapbooking images from MOOSEHORNVINTAGE on ETSY: I highly recommend a visit to MOOSEHORNVINTAGE! See also: GRAPHIC NOVEL PROCESS 

Research is the story. So am I. #Vancouver’s #coldcase, Babes in the Woods. #Molly #graphicnovel

I’ve decided that the story of how I uncovered/discovered Molly is as interesting as the story of Molly herself. From my stream of consciousness journal I have started as a working space regarding telling the story of MOLLY: I hesitate to start writing… because I don’t trust my ability to tell the story.  Or to even…

Detective work. Scouring my 7-year old notes on #Vancouver #coldcase, Babes in the Woods. #Molly, #graphicnovel

Sifting through now, establishing the format for presenting MOLLY.  I LOVE the look of old notes spilling out of a journal.  Coffee stained. [They] could have just disappeared off the face of the earth and no one questioned it… We just went on with our loves. – Return To Sender, CBC Or maybe it’s the…

ART HEALS art event @RubbleGallery Jan 21 7-9 PM!

ART HEALS

Quick sketch: Land settlement, Alberta, 1929. #Molly #coldcase #graphicnovel #Vancouver

— Molly and her family members were all landed immigrants.  Her father, Michael, had 9 pounds 5 pence in his possession on landing at Pier 21.  The family traveled inland on the CPR (Canadian Pacific Railway)[1] line, destination- the Land Settlement Branch in Edmonton Alberta.  The O’Dwyers may have received a land grant for a…

ART HEALS: my father-daughter exhibit at The Rubble Gallery, Vancouver BC Jan 21-Feb 7

ART HEALS Featuring dual art show/fundraiser of therapeutic works by father and daughter: Roar and Katarina Thorsen January 21- Feb 7, 2012 at the Rubble Gallery! Closing event (with an interactive art corner) date TBA!!!!!! Cash bar, snacks, music, art. As life-long artists, my father and I use art to dialogue, support each other and to…

A huge thank you to our 2011 Kickstarter backers! Love, @annatfabulous and @KatThorsen

Molly: A Graphic Novel

10:15 AM Nov 6, 1947 #Molly #coldcase #graphicnovel #Vancouver

— Jocelyn Louise as Molly November 6, 1947 — To contribute to the graphic novel project: donate via PAYPAL by clicking DONATE

Leaving Limerick April 1929 #Molly #GraphicNovel #Vancouver

– – Many have been asking if they can still contribute to the graphic novel project.  That’s wonderful and very helpful!!!  The rewards will stay the same as on Kickstarter.  Take a look at the rewards on the Kickstarter site.  You can donate via PAYPAL by clicking DONATE

Obsessed with Jocelyn as #Molly. #coldcase #graphicnovel #Vancouver

— Jocelyn Louise as Molly — Many have been asking if they can still contribute to the graphic novel project.  That’s wonderful and very helpful!!!  The rewards will stay the same as on Kickstarter.  Take a look at the rewards on the Kickstarter site.  You can donate via PAYPAL by clicking DONATE —

PHOTOSHOOT recreating October 5, 1947 #graphicnovel #Vancouver

— — On the anniversary of Molly’s suicide [November 6, 1947], I spent the afternoon with Jocelyn Louise and Jay Fisher recreating the mood of October 5, 1947– the alleged date of the double homicide. I am so honored to work with these two- Jay is a master at styling the era, and Jocelyn channels…

Wartime rationing and the 1940s house #graphicnovel research

— Source ‘Because of the pail, the scraps were saved,   Because of the scraps, the pigs were saved,   Because of the pigs, the rations were saved,  Because of the rations, the ships were saved,  Because of the ships, the island was saved,   Because of the island, the Empire was saved, And all because of the…

Molly headed West to British Columbia in 1947 #graphicnovel #Vancouver

— A treat:   — Many have been asking if they can still contribute to the graphic novel project.  That’s wonderful and very helpful!!!  The rewards will stay the same as on Kickstarter.  Take a look at the rewards on the Kickstarter site.  You can donate via PAYPAL by clicking DONATE —

Molly’s brother 1926-1963. Mental illness. Bowel obstruction. #Essondale #graphicnovel #Vancouver

PROJECT FUNDED on KICKSTARTER! MOLLY- the graphic novel (model: Jocelyn Louise) — I am finding incredible primary sources on ETSY and am particularly impressed with VINTAGE BOOK LOVER. I ordered vintage 1940s resources regarding Tuberculosis and intestinal disorders. I was elated to receive a special gift of bowel disorder illustrations, which proved PERFECT for finishing today’s page…

Finding Norah. #graphicnovel #Vancouver

PROJECT FUNDED on KICKSTARTER! MOLLY- the graphic novel (model: Jocelyn Louise) — Recall my post about Molly’s mother: Hanora (Norah) Morris: Norah’s relationship with her daughter was a complex one.  One that I hope to explore in the illustrations. Tonight I had dinner with my dear friend, Tracey Bell.  Her beauty and spirit inspires me to no…

Vintage fur coat arrived. Very moving. Photoshoot soon! #graphicnovel #Vancouver

PROJECT FUNDED on KICKSTARTER! MOLLY- the graphic novel – Today , the furcoat I purchased on ETSY from wolfman1377 Vintage Clothing and Accessories arrived!  As it is very close to the original found at the crime scene, I felt quite shaken thinking about a woman covering her dead children. Here is a look at opening the…

Molly’s consequence. #graphicnovel #Vancouver

MOLLY- the graphic novel — There is no refuge from confession but suicide; and suicide is confession. – D. Webster — Many have been asking if they can still contribute to the graphic novel project.  That’s wonderful and very helpful!!!  The rewards will stay the same as on Kickstarter.  Take a look at the rewards on the Kickstarter site….

Visual input, planning and a visit from producer, @annatfabulous #graphicnovel #Vancouver

MOLLY- the graphic novel — As I work on finding the ultimate way to present the drawings in my graphic novel and juggling how much or how little I want to use text, I continue the creative process by sketching and visiting, photographing and soaking in location shots. Anna Thorsen, my daughter and project producer,…

Molly’s mother, Norah, born 1900, #graphicnovel #Vancouver

PROJECT FUNDED on KICKSTARTER! MOLLY- the graphic novel — YEAR 1900 Molly’s mother was born Hanora (also found spelled Norah or Nora) Morris (or Morriss).  Her birth date was February 19, 1900 and the passenger list indicates she was born in Ballagh, Ireland- likely the Ballagh in the county of Donegal and the northern province of Ulster[1]….

BOX 2 Item 30- 4 small rib bones, #graphicnovel #Vancouver

PROJECT FUNDED on KICKSTARTER! MOLLY- the graphic novel — PHYSICAL EVIDENCE BOX 2 Item 30- 4 small rib bones The most touching moment for me when inspecting the evidence in 2004 was coming across an unlabeled brown paper bag containing four small bones.  The bones appear to be rib bones and I speculate that these bones…

Vintage fur coat. Eerily perfect.. #graphicnovel #Vancouver

PROJECT FUNDED on KICKSTARTER! MOLLY- the graphic novel – Today I purchased a vintage furcoat on ETSY from wolfman1377 Vintage Clothing and Accessories for use in the next illustration resource photo shoot.  It sends shivers down my spine as it is very close to the original found at the scene, including bakelite buttons. ETSY ITEM: SCRUMPTIOUS vintage…

It’s all about the family tree intertwined with the timeline. #graphicnovel #Vancouver

PROJECT FUNDED on KICKSTARTER! MOLLY- the graphic novel  I know that my heart will be forever in this suspended animation, as I live entwined in [their] circumstance.[1] To build the timeline and the family tree, I started with the original news articles and then proceeded to a variety of resources such as BC Archives and Alberta…

What is the truth? #graphicnovel #Vancouver

PROJECT FUNDED on KICKSTARTER! MOLLY- the graphic novel There are faint stars in the night sky that you can see, but only if you look to the side of where they shine.  They burn too weakly or are too far away to be seen directly, even if you stare.  But you can see them out of…

A visit to the @policemuseum #creativeprocess #graphicnovel #Vancouver

PROJECT FUNDED on KICKSTARTER! MOLLY- the graphic novel Video courtesy of Vancouver Filmmaker, Patti Henderson This video is a ‘sizzle reel’ of DARK PASSAGES that Patti co-created and directed, featuring Karen Lam and DJ Ashba.  The show proposed to follow the hosts as they travel to different countries, exploring death rites and rituals, thereby allowing us,…

Research and inspiration. #creativeprocess #graphicnovel #Vancouver

PROJECT FUNDED on KICKSTARTER! MOLLY- the graphic novel It is important to my creative process to immerse myself in research and objects that evoke the era.   “You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London — Many have been asking if they can still contribute to the project….

Updates on #Molly, the #graphic novel! @Kickstarter @annatfabulous

PROJECT FUNDED on KICKSTARTER! MOLLY- the graphic novel UPDATES 1. I will be contacting backers soon for their info so I can fulfill the rewards. 2. Supplies have been purchased, including a shoulder-strapped portfolio, so I can work on the novel downtown in situ at various story locations like Stanley Park, the Vancouver Police Museum and Mountain…

Funding successful!!! THANK YOU EVERYONE INVOLVED FOR YOUR SUPPORT! @Kickstarter @annatfabulous

PROJECT FUNDED on KICKSTARTER! As of this moment we’re 100% funded!  WOW!!! A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE BACKERS!!!  I’M A EXCITED TO MAKE YOU PROUD OF BEING PART OF THIS PROJECT!!! So, the research is done.  Funding is in place.  Now it’s time to start  the illustration and writing process and apply for more funding grants…

The year was 1947. #graphicnovel #Vancouver @Kickstarter @annatfabulous

PROJECT FUNDING in 5 hours on KICKSTARTER: As of this moment [September 11, 2011], we’re 100% funded!  WOW!!! You still have approximately 4 hours to be part of bringing this incredible story to life! A huge thank you to all our backers so far! Raising more than the goal is OK, though!  More than OK!!! —…

DNA Profiling. #coldcase #graphicnovel #Vancouver @Kickstarter @annatfabulous

PROJECT FUNDING HAS LAUNCHED on KICKSTARTER: As of this moment [September 10, 2011], we’re 100% funded!  WOW!!! You still have approximately 19 hours to be part of bringing this incredible story to life! A huge thank you to all our backers so far! Raising more than the goal is OK, though!  More than OK!!! — DNA PROFILING…

Photoshoot Part 2: Molly coming to life. #graphicnovel #Vancouver @Kickstarter @annatfabulous

PROJECT FUNDING HAS LAUNCHED on KICKSTARTER: As of this moment [September 8, 2011], we’re 97% funded! BUT to get funding we need to reach 100%! That’s how Kickstarter works! Please help us make our goal by Sept 11 5:17 PM!  Raising more than the goal is OK, though!  More than OK!!! — Yesterday we did a…

Photoshoot Part 1: Molly coming to life #graphicnovel #Vancouver @Kickstarter @annatfabulous

PROJECT FUNDING HAS LAUNCHED on KICKSTARTER: As of this moment [September 7, 2011], we’re 96% funded! BUT to get funding we need to reach 100%! That’s how Kickstarter works! Please help us make our goal by Sept 11 5:17 PM!  Raising more than the goal is OK, though!  More than OK!!! — Today we did a…

Receive a cameo role in my #graphicnovel! #Vancouver @Kickstarter @annatfabulous

PROJECT FUNDING HAS LAUNCHED on KICKSTARTER: As of this moment [September 5, 2011], we’re 80% funded. BUT to get funding we need to reach 100%! That’s how Kickstarter works! Please help us make our goal by Sept 11 5:17 PM! — All backers who donate $50 and up will appear in the graphic novel in a…

At the core of this story: child abuse. #graphicnovel #Vancouver @Kickstarter @annatfabulous #ISPCC

PROJECT FUNDING HAS LAUNCHED on KICKSTARTER: As of this moment [September 5, 2011], we’re 80% funded. BUT to get funding we need to reach 100%! That’s how Kickstarter works! Please help us make our goal by Sept 11 5:17 PM! — The case itself centres around two unknown children, two young brothers who deserve to be…

Why a #graphicnovel? @Kickstarter @annatfabulous

PROJECT FUNDING HAS LAUNCHED on KICKSTARTER: As of this moment [September 4, 2011], we’re 79% funded!!! YAY!!! BUT to get funding we need to reach 100%! That’s how Kickstarter works! Please help us make our goal by Sept 11 5:17 PM! Thank you everyone!  HUGS! — The case itself centres around two unknown children, two young…

Mistaken evidence: they thought it was a boy and a girl. #graphicnovel #Vancouver @Kickstarter @annatfabulous

PROJECT FUNDING HAS LAUNCHED on KICKSTARTER: As of this moment [September 3, 2011], we’re 79% funded!!! YAY!!! BUT to get funding we need to reach 100%! That’s how Kickstarter works! Please help us make our goal by Sept 11 5:17 PM! Thank you everyone! — The case itself centres around two unknown children, two young brothers…

Post War #Vancouver. #graphicnovel @Kickstarter

PROJECT FUNDING HAS LAUNCHED on KICKSTARTER: He brushed the leaves aside and uncovered the most baffling double murder Vancouver has ever had. – The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953 – The case itself centres around two unknown children, two young brothers who deserve to be identified. — POST WAR VANCOUVER I fall in love with Vancouver more…

The murder weapon: a lather’s hatchet. #graphicnovel #Vancouver @Kickstarter @annatfabulous

PROJECT FUNDING HAS LAUNCHED on KICKSTARTER: He brushed the leaves aside and uncovered the most baffling double murder Vancouver has ever had. – The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953 – The case itself centres around two unknown children, two young brothers who deserve to be identified. — By its very nature, physical evidence is circumstantial; it provides…

Who is this young man? Want to know? #coldcase #graphicnovel #Vancouver @Kickstarter @annatfabulous

PROJECT FUNDING HAS LAUNCHED on KICKSTARTER: He brushed the leaves aside and uncovered the most baffling double murder Vancouver has ever had. – The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953 — To help fund this graphic novel go to KICKSTARTER! Note: All backers will receive a mention in the book (if they so wish).  Take a look at the fun…

Two children’s aviator helmets. Cold case evidence. #graphicnovel #Vancouver @Kickstarter @annatfabulous

PROJECT FUNDING HAS LAUNCHED on KICKSTARTER: He brushed the leaves aside and uncovered the most baffling double murder Vancouver has ever had. – The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953 – The case itself centres around two unknown children, two young brothers who deserve to be identified. — By its very nature, physical evidence is circumstantial; it provides…

Children’s tartan jackets. 1940’s. Case evidence. #graphicnovel #Vancouver @Kickstarter @annatfabulous

PROJECT FUNDING HAS LAUNCHED on KICKSTARTER: He brushed the leaves aside and uncovered the most baffling double murder Vancouver has ever had. – The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953 – The case itself centres around two unknown children, two young brothers who deserve to be identified. — The April 15, 1953 edition of The Vancouver Sun ran…

A child’s belt, safety pins, buttons. Heartbreaking case evidence. #graphicnovel #Vancouver @Kickstarter

PROJECT FUNDING HAS LAUNCHED on KICKSTARTER: He brushed the leaves aside and uncovered the most baffling double murder Vancouver has ever had. – The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953 – The case itself centres around two unknown children, two young brothers who deserve to be identified. — Case evidence: In 2004, I thoroughly examined the evidence originally…

Eyewitness. #graphicnovel #Vancouver @Kickstarter @annatfabulous

PROJECT FUNDING HAS LAUNCHED on KICKSTARTER: He brushed the leaves aside and uncovered the most baffling double murder Vancouver has ever had. – The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953 – Our Kickstarter campaign ends on September 11, 2011 at 5:17 PM.  Please consider donating!  LET’S DO THIS!  Love, Anna (producer) and Katarina (writer, illustrator) See more links and posts about…

An Irish Catholic childhood. #graphicnovel #Vancouver @Kickstarter @annatfabulous

PROJECT FUNDING HAS LAUNCHED on KICKSTARTER: He brushed the leaves aside and uncovered the most baffling double murder Vancouver has ever had. – The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953 – Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood. – Angela’s Ashes [1] Families sometimes maintain secrets.  They…