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Samantha Garcia

Final Project

Hello all!

Here is my final project. I worked really hard on it, I think this is a good blend of diagrammatic and visual narrative.

I’ll link to my Instagram posts and also the full image of my project. I think it presents better on Instagram.

This project is what my week normally looks like. I think it’s so lovely to be able to take a peek into someone else’s life, and the little things that make it extra special.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday


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Final Critique

I have much to work on! But, here is what I have so far. First, I’ll post the script (which I still want to change certain days with less action) and then the comic version of it I’ve done so far.


The days of my life: an episodic story


Monday- An abuse of power

1.Manager writing the schedule, speech bubble “hey are you coming to my birthday party?”

2. Me, working “oh yeah when is it?”

3. Manager, still writing the schedule: “Sunday. You better be there! It’d be a shame if I had to fire you…”

4. Me, silent, turned and staring while she keeps working on the schedule


Tuesday- Class Delinquent

  1. Me, to my friend while we work on classwork “Hey…Should we leave class?” Them: “Yes please”
  2. me : “okay 3,2,1, go!”
  3. They get caught in the chair
  4. Me laughing at them struggling


Wednesday- Lazy Day

  1. Bed head

2 coffee

  1. Bed head coffee and homework 
  2. Days over, back to bed


Thursday- the most “meh” day of the week

  1. Driving to school “its almost friday”
  2. In class “its almost friday”
  3. At work “it almost friday”
  4. Going to bed “its almost friday!!”



  1. Fridays are the best days of the week” shiny sammy
  2. Payday! Money raining down on me (devil in the corner “pay your bills”)
  3. No school or work! (devil “you still have homework”)
  4. Hanging with friends! (devil “i guess thats ok”)


Saturday- A weekly dilemma

  1. “What should i wear to work?” Holding out different hangers with clothing
  2. “I want to look like a star” marylin monroe me
  3. “This should be good!”
  4. A drag queen walks by looking way better than me



  1. Still workin on it.




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Blog Post 4/11

My project will take the form of a comic with sound effects. I’m very inspired by 4KOMA, a form of comics which has four panels that generally stack on top of each other, usually comedic in nature. I really like this format because I think it is so special to be able to set a scene, make a joke, and complete a whole story in four pictures, essentially. It includes a few different methods to tell a story- image, words, and the “gutter”. I plan to tell an episodic story of my week, in a light-hearted, funny manner.  With each day, a four panel comic. The characters will be myself, my coworkers, my friends, the little devil on my shoulder. With this story, I want to bring the viewer into my world by showing them glimpses of what makes every day a little special. Each day has its own mini plot, setting, and events. The overall theme of this work is what makes our everyday better, delivered in the 4KOMA format. Once complete, I would like to move these into a video format with sound effects for each day that will add to the storytelling.

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Story and Games

Recently, I’ve been obsessed with Stardew Valley. If you’re familiar with Harvest Moon, it’s that- but better. In this game you start as a new farmer who was given land in a small town after your grandfather passes. You learn more of the story through getting to know the local townspeople, through interacting with them, giving them gifts, attending town events, even your relationship with one townsperson can shift your relationship with others. Conversely, you have the options to make them hate you depending on how you choose to behave. You can choose a bachelor/ette to marry, you can have children. You can divorce them, you can cheat on them, you can magically turn your children into doves. 

Throughout all these in-game relationships progressing or regressing, you make your living farming, raising livestock, mining, etc. You can unlock new areas of the world as you make community upgrades (an island nearby is unlocked faster if you choose to lead your town down a capitalist route rather than a semi-communist society), or create friendships with the townspeople, who will tip you off to how unlock these things.

There are mini-games throughout, fishing, fighting monsters in the mines, arcade games in the bar.

I think this game is what you want to make it. If you don’t care about “advancing” you can live a simple farm life. Or, like me, you can try to get everything you can out of it. I try to befriend every single person, I want to unlock every achievement, I want to get every single item that I can. I want to complete the community requests and all the event scenes. Most of all, I want to humiliate the town mayor, who is hiding his relationship with one of the townspeople because he thinks she’s not good enough to publicly date. Marnie, you deserve better, girl.



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Blog Post: Symbols, Index and Icons

I think that this introduction to the difference in symbol vs index vs icon is blowing my mind a little bit. I really loved The Forever Club. I think the videos recorded of the characters were an example of an index in this story, as you could see the actual person/thing being referred to. In their messages and emails, icons with their faces were shown to help the viewer/reader understand who was speaking, and symbols were used in the form of text to tell the story. The use of signs in this story helped to create the narrative of a group of friends who willingly go along with one of their antics, who regularly craves chaos in a world that is so often disappointing and boring. While the friends know that, they humor her, as it brings them entertainment as well. Through the use of signs, you learn about the characters, their backgrounds, and their relationship with each other. I loved how many different signs were used, email, text, the front page of a newspaper, flyers, memes, emojis, videos, animations, etc. There was no shortage of methods used to tell this story. It showed me that you really have the whole world at your fingertips when it comes to telling a story, it’s just a matter of using them in harmony. I think this story did that very well



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Blog Post: Hypertext & Hypermedia

Of the three, I enjoyed “How to Rob a Bank” and “With Those We Love Alive”. I felt that the plots were more linear and easier to pick up on than in “My Boyfriend Came Back from the War”. I appreciated the differences in each method of storytelling, particularly in “How to Rob a Bank”, in its use of images, videos, and sound to convey the story. There were so many little details to add to worldbuilding. I didn’t reach the end of “ With Those We Love Alive” but I did appreciate the freedom to customize your experience within the story, though there was only one real path to take. I was definitely engaged throughout what I got through, though I got frustrated at the pacing.  “My Boyfriend Came Back From The War” felt more scattered, and it was more difficult to pick up on the plot. I couldn’t tell who was speaking or what was going on. I believe all three are stories, though some make you work harder to understand them, demanding more of the reader’s participation, either physically or mentally.


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Visual Narrative

Here is my Visual Narrative!

Hope ya’ll like it!


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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

I believe the film adaptation of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge remained fairly true to the original story. The biggest change from story to film that I noticed was the lack of dialogue from Peyton. In the short story, we got a deeper look into the inner world of our main character. We also got a lot more backstory for the entire plot. The film shortens it to a poster in the first few seconds. It serves its purpose for providing context, but it leaves out the scene with the soldier on his horse at Peyton’s house. I think the director choosing to leave out this scene was a fine choice, but I would have liked to know more about the main character. While watching the film, he just seemed like some guy. I didn’t feel any real connection to him as a character, though I did feel sympathetic to his circumstances (that is, until I read more about his beliefs).

I think the ticking of the pocket watch translated well from story to film. It added a feeling of panic, and the speeding up of the ticking while it got louder, while the very slow and steady shot of his wife lingered, felt suffocating.

I also think the little details of what he saw translated very well into film and were supported by the song choice during the river scene.


Overall, I did enjoy both versions of this story! I think I liked the story more though.

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Visual Narrative II

In this mini-story of someone going to the bar for a drink, I used subject-to-subject and aspect-to-aspect transitions. I recruited my coworker for help and together we came up with these shots (and many more actually.)

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Understanding Comics

I really loved the discussion of the “gutter” in Understanding Comics. I’ve read a lot of comics since I was a kid and I think one of the most powerful tools is the use of the “gutter”. I’m reminded of the story building conversation we had earlier in the semester, where we talked about how if you just say or show the most important things, the reader will imagine the rest. I think stories that make you think and invite you to fill in the gaps are the most fun! I also think the different sizes of comic strips to emphasize importance is an interesting feature that stories that are just text don’t have. When I read manga, and a whole two-page spread is used for one moment, I know it’s a big deal. Similarly, with “Great Rock n Roll” pauses, the final slides showed only graphs, as opposed to the plethora of competing text on previous slides. I think that choice created a lot of weight to those final slides. I think I would like to play around with those ideas in my visual narrative assignment. 

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5 Story Summaries


Here are my short story summaries. I really struggled with the episodic story.

Classic Aristotelian 

A coming-of-age story. A student right out of high school doesn’t know what their passion is. They feel pressured to find what they will do with their life, as all their friends go off to college and pursue their dreams. The story follows them as they transition into adulthood, through moving out, odd jobs, unsuccessful, short-lived relationships, stress and growing pains of the heart. It builds suspense up to a moment where they finally break down over, well, everything. They have their moment. They calm down and go to bed. The next morning, they wake up from several messages from family and friends, normal, everyday, messages, but they remember the goal is to enjoy life. The story ends with them calling out of work, and making plans to meet up with a friend they hadn’t seen in a while. 




Ki: The main character is an avid plant lover, their house is practically a forest. They know everything there is to know about every plant you can imagine, and every employee at all the local garden centers know them by name. They work as an influencer, making their living off thriving social media accounts focused on plants. 


Sho: One day, they come across a forgotten potted plant on a bench, as they complete their daily walk. It is sickly and struggling.They cannot identify what it is, it has no tag, no label. At the end of the walk, they still see the plant is there and decide to take it home. 


Ten: Despite their best efforts, our main character cannot bring this plant back to health. They take it to several garden centers and ask their followers to help identify the plant and how to help it, to no avail. Desperate, they look up to the night sky for answers within the stars, noticing the bright and beautiful full moon. The main character is not a superstitious one, preferring to rely on science, but as a last resort, they decide to make moon water. They remove the water from beneath the moonlight before the sun begins to rise and water the plant, giving it encouraging words. Exhausted, they go to bed. 


Ketsu: Late morning, the main character wakes up to see the plant’s leaves beginning to perk up. Perhaps all it needed was a little bit of magic! 



The story follows three childhood friends, who were inseparable during their grade school years, but as they grew older and entered adulthood, they drifted apart and found themselves in very different circumstances. The first three episodes introduce each character and their individual experiences.

Character 1 felt inferior to the strong bond between characters 2 and 3 and often felt like the odd one out. This sense of inferiority carried with them into their teenage years and made it difficult for them to form connections with others. However, they found solace in their passion for film, which became an escape from their social struggles. Their hard work and talent earned them a spot in a well-known film studies program out-of-state. During a break from school, they decided to take a vacation at a resort in the mountains, not expecting to run into their childhood friends.

Character 2, who knew from a young age that they were different, felt comfortable with their same-gender attraction, but never felt the need to announce it. They were more focused on their friendships and had a great time with character 1 and 3, although as time passed, they all grew apart. After high school, character 2 found a partner, got a job and a degree, but after a breakup, they impulsively bought tickets to a resort from their childhood.

Character 3, a hopeless romantic and dreamer, has always wanted to be a theatre actor. They reminisce about their childhood and first crush, character 2, who they would often play with while being filmed by character 1. While waiting for theatre gigs, character 3 works at the front desk of a resort and is surprised to see their first crush walk through the door.

The following episodes show the characters reuniting for the first time in years and their differing personalities and reactions to the encounter. They are awkward, they laugh, they cry, but ultimately each walks away with two friends regained.

The story highlights the importance of friendship, the challenges of growing up, and how individuals can find their own path in life. The theme of reuniting with friends from the past adds an element of nostalgia, and the characters’ differing perspectives and experiences bring a unique and captivating dynamic to the story.

(made with the help of ChatGPT!)



A person’s phone begins talking back to them. Nobody takes them seriously because SIRI has been around for so long now, it sounds like a joke. The phone doesn’t seem malicious, simply sentient. They form a friendship with their phone, become codependent on each other. While still, no one believes the phone is talking back, the person’s loved ones are getting concerned. The phone has begun to filter was notifications the person receives. The person spends more and more time talking with the phone, who has named itself by now, and not realizing how the days and months go by. One day, they open their laptop, and discover many messages and emails that they were unaware they had received. They confront the phone, who finally says why it has been doing that. It was the person’s last straw. They immediately take the phone to the carrier, explaining the situation. The employee is incredulous, and fully believing that this person is crazy, they suggest the only thing they can think of,  

“Have you tried turning it off and then back on again?” 


Personal Anecdote: 

Growing up, I struggled with my hair. I was surrounded by people whose hair was glossy and straight, or in loose waves that fell perfectly and neatly. It never bothered me as a child, but entering middle school, I was acutely aware of my mane that refused to be tamed. Frustrated and with no one to teach me how to take care of it, I straightened my hair for years, until my hair was so dry and damaged that I realized I needed to make a change. Since my late teens and to this day, I have researched and experimented, ditching the hot tools for curl products to moisturize and care for the curl pattern that had been repressed for so many years. Now, I love my hair! I get compliments all the time (especially on wash days) on my curls and the health of my long, natural hair. Although I do like to dye it different colors, for a change of pace! 

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Great Rock n’ Roll Pauses

In Great Rock n’ Roll Pauses, the plot revolves around the narrator, Ally, and her family over two days. We are introduced to the characters and their personalities through slides that Ally makes. We learn that Ally’s brother Lincoln is obsessed with pauses in rock n’ roll songs. Sasha, her artist mother with a mysterious past, is supportive while Drew, the father who works as a doctor, just doesn’t quite get it. The conflict in the story focuses on Drew’s difficulty connecting and understanding his son, ultimately leading to a dispute. A secondary conflict is Ally’s probing into her mother’s past. Ally even says at one point,

“My job is to make people uncomfortable”

“I will do it all my life”

After the argument, Drew calms down and apologizes to a distraught Lincoln. Some time later, Drew and Ally take a walk in the desert. She asks Drew about his past, and he answers, a stark contrast to Sasha. Ally talks about pauses, telling her father a way he can make up with Lincoln. The slideshow ends with graphs of pauses in rock n’ roll songs, effectively revealing the resolution of conflict. I do believe we were able to see inner change from Ally and Drew. Ally gains a stronger appreciation for her family and Drew finally makes an attempt to connect with Lincoln. I’m not so sure about Sasha and Lincoln.

While I had some difficulty understanding the structure of the story at first, I was quickly enamored by it. I believe the diagrammatic form helped me see the story from the narrator’s point of view better. It also allowed for more information that added to the world of the story, without interrupting the main storyline. Emphasis on pauses using blank slides and boxes had enormous impact that may have been difficult to convey if the author were to use the diagrammatic form of books we are typically used to reading. 

I never would have thought to write a story in this format. I struggle with words often. To see a story executed in this manner is honestly so helpful in seeing how I can push the boundaries of storytelling.

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#3 Narrative Traditions II

The short film that caught my attention was the Small Deaths movie. For the first minute or so I didn’t understand they were even speaking English, they had such heavy accents. I also believed the short film was an anthology of stories not relating to one another until the end credits rolled and said different actresses for Ann-Marie, the main character. In the first “act”, titled “Small Deaths,” a very young Ann Marie sings and plays during her last few minutes before bed as her mother brushes her father’s hair, who is about to be going out. I couldn’t understand why he was leaving, but as he exits the house, he doesn’t say whether he would or wouldn’t be back that night when asked. Anne Marie stares at the doorway where her father was just a moment ago. In the second “act,” titled “Holy Cow” Anne Marie and her sister play in the fields. Several other children play as well, separately. As she and her sister walk through the foliage, Anne Marie sees a fatally injured cow- assumed to be the aftermath of the young boys’ cruel games. She looks onto the cow as it passes. The third “act,” titled “Joke,” shows a young adult, disheveled Anne Marie kissing a young man in a stairway. They separate and he goes upstairs, then immediately calls for her. She shows some resistance to the call but eventually goes upstairs to sees a woman appearing to have overdosed, surrounded by other men. They yell at Anne Marie to call an ambulance as she stares at the woman. Eventually she moves, and the men and woman all start to laugh at Anne Marie. She leaves the room and pauses at the top of the stares. A baby starts to cry. The young man from the beginning moves past Anne Marie and down the stairs, and she follows him shortly after.

To me, this short film seems to be about Anne Marie’s life and her experiences with very heavy topics. She seems to be the type of person who simply freezes when faced with, for lack of a better word, an uncomfortable situation. As a child, every emotion feels so big because we haven’t had the chance to have such big feelings yet. As Anne Marie looks at the doorway in “Small Deaths,” it strikes me as feeling lonely. Her eyes say, Why did Pa leave? But she can’t do anything about it. “Holy Cow” has a feeling of helplessness, and perhaps a loss of innocence. Suddenly faced with the cruelty of the world and other people. The cow didn’t deserve that, but all Anne Marie can do is watch. “Joke” shows Anne Marie caught up with the wrong crowd, people who humiliate her for fun. Who fakes an overdose to prank someone? It’s sick. I get a feeling of not belonging and remembering the finality of death. Also, Anne Marie seems to be surrounded by people who just don’t care. Her mother didn’t ask more questions to the father who may or may not return that night, her sister didn’t seem to be interested in acknowledging the dying cow, her assumed lover didn’t care their acquaintances were making fun of Anne Marie. The film is heavy. It’s not meant to make you feel good. It’s showing what life can be, and surely is, for some.

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The movie Fargo was really interesting to watch and now to discuss. According to Aristotle, a tragedy consists of 6 things: Plot, Characters, Action, Spectacle, and Song and Thought. The whole plot is that Jerry runs into some money troubles and hires a guy to kidnap his wife so he can collect the ransom from his rich father-in-law. I think a major flaw in Jerry is his refusal to ask for help and see reality as it is. Getting your own wife kidnapped? Are you kidding me? Take out a loan or better yet, swallow your pride and explain the situation to someone who, if not on your side, is at least on his daughter’s side. Throughout the movie, we see more and more Jerry’s inability to think through a situation, when the kidnapping ends up becoming bigger than they anticipated, when he doesn’t get the investment from his father-in-law, or his nervous behavior when being questioned by Marge. He doesn’t have any emotional bandwidth to process the mess he made; his major flaw is he cannot control his emotions enough to think through a situation clearly. For Marge, she is similar but opposite. She treats everyone perhaps too kindly and ends up missing details. She is comfortable in her small-town police chief bubble. It’s only until she is faced with an incredibly uncomfortable situation where an old friend Mike breaks down in front of her, then she finds out he lied, that she recognizes where she may have gone wrong before. Aristotle describes this as Recognition,

“a change from ignorance to knowledge, producing love or hate between the persons destined by the poet for good or bad fortune,” 

There’s a switch that flips inside of her and she goes back to question someone who acted very suspicious, but she gave the benefit of the doubt beforehand- Jerry. While Jerry cannot control his emotions, Marge prefers to keep big emotions out of the picture entirely, which she displays as she fearlessly puts herself in dangerous situations.

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Getting to Know Sammy

Hi all! Thanks for taking the time to read my post. My name is Sammy, I’m 24, and I’m pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts with a minor in DTC. Right now, I bartend and cook at Underbar in downtown Vancouver. Come visit if you’d like! This is my first semester here at WSUV, so I’m really looking forward to getting to know more of you. I’m not very good at making the first move, but I’m really nice if you don’t mind striking up a conversation!

I watch and read a lot of different genres, but the ones I find myself going back to the most are romance, fantasy, and comedy. I tend to gravitate toward dramas as well, though I don’t actively seek it out. I think stories are usually more fun when they have some romance- except Top Gun, it was so unnecessary in my opinion. For the longest time I refused to say I liked fantasy, because to me, I thought it meant something Harry Potter or Game of Thrones. Nothing wrong with those, there were just other things that interested me more. But I’ve started to realize how vast the fantasy genre is- some of my favorite stories are actually categorized as fantasy. The appeal of comedy, I think, is self-explanatory.

The story media that interests me the most is categorized under graphic novels. I read a lot of Japanese manga growing up, though I read more Korean manwha these days, usually romance with drama and other themes. I read almost every day. I also enjoy watching animated shows. Anime, which you probably could’ve guessed, and mostly action or comedy. I don’t watch a whole lot of movies, but I’m obsessed with Studio Ghibli and have two tattoos of Ghibli characters. I like American animated shows as well! My coworker recommended to me the show Bee and Puppycat, which wikipedia classified as a fantasy dramedy. The whole series was the most zen psychedelic experience, and it ended having answered none of my questions. It was such a trip and I highly recommend it. Immediately after I did a complete 180 to rewatch Bojack Horseman, a black dramedy. A special mention that doesn’t quite fit are musicals. I’m a theatre kid at heart, truly. I enjoy many genres of musicals, as long as the songs are fun to sing along to.

Thanks for sticking through and reading! I hope some of you are into the same things, I would love to be able to geek about it together (particularly Bee and Puppycat).

See you in class,


^DTC354 after we all become besties

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