Accepted Paper:

The Things That Shaped Me  
Liz Churton (Northern Film School, Leeds Beckett University)

Paper short abstract:

Using examples from work in progress on my graphic novel, 'The Things that Shaped Me', I will share my methodological and practical approaches to writing about real and imagined, past and present, traumatic events.

Paper long abstract:

Using primarily evocative auto-ethnographic methodology, I'm currently writing a graphic novel which tells a first person story navigating a complicated relationship between a mother and a daughter, set against the backdrop of the broader social issues of the pandemic lockdown. Crisis and trauma are central themes of my story. As the narrative develops, I pay particular attention to how the simultaneous personal, political and social narratives are interwoven. By straddling time, generations, realities and fantasies, I attempt to question the relationship between the present, the past and the future.

I will focus on the following aspects of my methodology:

- Evocative auto-ethnography.

- Fiction-based research.

- Comics-based research.

- Wordless-comics based research.

- The special relationship between trauma, memory and auto-ethnography.

I will look at the practical aspects of writing this graphic novel in relation to :

- My use of abstraction, imagery, allegory and anthropomorphism in the

construction of my narrative.

- Managing time and temporality

- Developing characterisation

- Responding to contemporary events as they unfold

- Integrating social and political commentary with individual emotions

Each of these aspects will be accompanied by illustrations from my graphic novel. work in progress.

Panel P21
Crisis through comics: a roundtable discussion on graphic anthropology