John McGowan

Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2014

Capstone Advisor

Yvonne Buchanan

Honors Reader

Frank Cammuso

Capstone Major


Capstone College

Visual and Performing Arts

Audio/Visual Component


Audio/Visual Location

Honors Library Drawer

Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


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Millennial Rust is a one-artist anthology comic, consisting of the first chapter of a serialized story, The Turkey Avenger, a series of autobiographical comic strips, and a collection of developmental material from the two projects.

The Turkey Avenger follows the exploits of the Turkey Avenger, a self-styled superhero with no discernable superpowers who hopes to “do good” in the best way he knows how: fighting crime. Unfortunely for him, the Turkey Avenger has no idea where to begin his quest for justice, stumbles into what appears to be a kidnapping, and is soon drawn into a conspiracy that’s clearly over his head. This comic book contains the first chapter of the story, beginning right in the heart of a vague Western New York city. It ends with the set-up of a four-part story.

The autobiographical comics, Belted, are drawn from my senior year journal and chronicle the thoughts, frustrations, and struggles encountered while I attempt to create the Capstone project itself. The two projects are included simultaneously because the autobiographical strips became a way to test and explore the medium of comics in a more informal way, explain some of the process of making the story, and helped me to grow as an artist.

The center of the book, between the two sections, there are two drawings of the Turkey Avenger: the first drawing of the character, from 2006, and the final drawing of the character pre-Millennial Rust, from 2013.

All material within Millennial Rust was created using a brush and ink to draw the comics by hand, and then digitally putting in color and the lettering for some of the comics.

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