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Project Outline

Characters and Plot

The How and Why

Project Outline

To Recap:  Stuck Going East is a picture book in the making for children (aged 8+up) about 3 people who travel around the world on the 40th parallel going east. Through this fun story, kids can learn about geography, cultures, and interesting facts.

This is a collaborative project in which you share your stories, photographs, fun local facts, etc., which end up in the book. You could also be a character in the story.

Illustrations will be multimedia, including techniques such as: oil painting, watercolors, photography + photoshopped images, collage, print techniques (etchings, silkscreen prints, etc), + more.

Text will be narrated story + character’s journal entries + fact bubbles.

Check out this rough sketch-up of an example page.

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Characters and Plot

Well, I have to leave some of the plot to surprise you with at the end, but what you need to know is that at the beginning of the book, the main character gets magically stuck going directly east. At the time he happens to be at the 40th parallel, and as he has nothing else to do, he begins to walk. Soon he makes two friends who travel with him and together they make a very long and eventful trip around the world. With the help of friendly people along the way, (this could be you,) they eventually make it back to where they started with much building-climbing, mountain-scaling, and river-wading.

Cast of Characters:

Jeremy

Eric

Eric

Maria

Maria

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Jeremy:
main character – stuck moving only East
tall and lanky
funny and good-natured, but easily afraid

Maria:
a reporter
short and wears dresses/skirts
perfectionist, determined

Eric:
inherited wealth
strong
opinionated and fearless

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The How and Why

I’m making this picture as an independent study at my college. This means a couple of things.

  1. I’m working under a tight time frame. The independent study is only this semester, so the project must be completed, text, illustrations and all by the end of April 2010.
  2. I’ve got some wonderful advisers here at my college keeping me accountable for my progress and giving me lots of advice.
  • My writing adviser is professor Laurie Dashnau, a wonderfully kind woman and a good writer.
  • My art adviser is Jillian Sokso, who creates wonderful prints and books.
  • One of my unofficial adviser is professor Dave Huth. You should definitely check out his cool art and videos at his site.
  • Another of my unofficial advisers is Ryan Thompson, yet another exciting artist.

Find out more about me.

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