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Communications and Marketing
New grad publishes first graphic novel
Print and digital publishing major Jaime Harris ’18 published their first graphic novel, Pivot, prior to graduating this past May.
The following Q&A provides insight about their work and how the College helped them achieve the novel’s completion, as well as the inspiration behind it.
Q: How has Lake Forest College helped you complete this project?
A: I was able to get many of the skills I needed through different classes. I learned InDesign through the Publishing Practicum, connected with other comic creators in a class at SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) that I took while I was in the In The Loop Program, learned a lot of publishing logistics from my internship at The University of Chicago Press that I has while in the Loop as well, and finished production of the comic during my Senior Creative Project last semester. All of the actual comic creation was self-taught. I’ve been reading through the library’s little comics section since my first year.
Q: Why did you want to create this novel?
A: I had required sports in high school since we had no gym, so all four years I played softball. During my first year at the College, I really missed my high school softball team and got the idea to create a comic as a tribute, of sorts. We were a really bad team, but I had a really good time. I also wanted to make a webcomic for the longest time and thought that creating something short, with an end, would be practical. Pivot was all published online originally before I compiled it together.
Q: What was your ultimate goal for this novel?
A: I just needed to make it and get it out there. There needs to be more sports books for girls out in the world, especially those with LGBTQ representation. I want a book that someone can read for comfort and optimism.
Q: What is your next step after graduation?
A: Right after graduation, I am preparing to debut Pivot at Chicago Zine Fest on May 19, along with many zines I have made over the years (including three zines I made for three different classes). After that, I am going back home to Ohio to search for jobs and eventually returning to Chicago.
— Sangjun Hornewer ’20