Date of Award

June 2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




Robert C. Dacey

Second Advisor

Juan Juarez



Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities


The aim of this thesis is to discuss the herstory of The International Sweethearts of Rhythm, and the process of creating a comic book about them. In the first part, the author discusses his introduction to the medium of comic books. Next the thesis notes comparative graphic novels and their narrative techniques. These show that there is a growing demand for historical fiction and creative nonfiction comics.

In a detailed central section, the thesis presents the intersectional solidarity within the band. Here the thesis draws on many different resources including; books, panel discussions, and documentaries. After this, the thesis discusses the author’s process for writing and illustrating the first chapter of his graphic novel.

In conclusion, the author recounts the ways in which an education at Syracuse University positively influenced the creation of his most recent comic book work. This thesis hopes to offer all Syracuse University students useful tips on writing and illustrating historical graphic novels, and thus making a small contribution to improving the knowledge of the university’s artistic and literary communities.


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