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Comics by: Celia Casciani

Project oversight by: 

Farzad Salamifar, Ph.D. - Instructor & Basic French Courses Director, University of South Carolina

Nicole Amato, Doctoral Candidate, University of Iowa 

About the Project

An exploration of life stories told through comics

For my honors thesis at the University of South Carolina, I am exploring the significance of graphic narratives in contemporary literature.  


As an international business and finance major, my passion for drawing and comics may seem like an unusual choice for the focus of my thesis. However, international studies and the concept of visual communication are naturally linked.  Western culture favors verbal communication, but visual communication is an often overlooked modality for sharing ideas. (Sousanis, Hodler 2015). I have always been passionate about drawing and saw this as an important opportunity to bridge my scholarship with my craft. 

Inspired by Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York project, I am interviewing students at the University of South Carolina (my fellow Gamecocks) and sharing their stories as comics. 

Interviews have been prompted by the question: "If you could rewrite your college essay, what story would you tell?" So much has changed about the world over the past few years, and I am excited to document how my friends and classmates have grown and evolved along the way. 

I hope you'll follow along and enjoy the stories they share. 

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