Date of Award

May 2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




Christopher Wildrick

Second Advisor

Robert Dacey


chinese culture, comic, manga

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities


Skylarks tells a story about revenge and the meaning of life. The main characters are a group of young kids who find their village has been attacked by the Emperor. Disguised as performers, they set out to the Emperor’s Palace looking for their Master who was taken by the Emperor. But there are more cruel secrets to be revealed. The aim of this thesis is to describe the making of Skylarks from the initial concept to the finished project. The body of my written thesis is composed of four parts: Introduction, Preparatory work for the Thesis, Major body of the Thesis and Synthesis. The Introduction will examine the background of the artist, including the influences of Chinese culture and of comics, both American and Japanese manga. The Preparatory Work of the Thesis examine the ideas before designing the background and characters of the comic. The main part of thesis contains the details of my final project. This section includes the theme of the comic, the Story, Introduction of the Characters, and the design of how I wanted this project to be exhibited. In conclusion, through the thesis project I attempted to create in comic book form an alternate reality that combined traditional Chinese and fantastical elements.


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