These single-page comics were made between 2001 and 2009. I moved from Baltimore to New York City in May 2001 and I didn’t know how to find work as a designer. Hoping to make professional connections by going to graduate school, I got accepted into the Design and Technology program at Parsons that fall. My thesis project explored interactive layouts in web comics.
The initial shock of the attacks on 9/11 and the lingering anxiety seemed to weigh heavily on everyone and everything. Feeling mentally blocked, I had difficulty developing a narrative for my thesis project. In the end, I made a series of comics that reflected moods and moments in my daily life. Visitors to a flash website were provided with specific, content-driven means of manipulating my comics’ compositions to reveal new images, juxtapositions and text.
Inspired by the work of Dave McKean and Bill Sienkiewicz, I experimented with different traditional media when making my panel art. My interactive, digital comics were well received by my classmates and professors, but I knew I would have preferred to be making print comics. So, after I graduated, I reworked my thesis project into these static pages.
Momentos was first self-published in 2009 as part of The Early Years Collected.