Finding Ivy Graphic Novel
The project was led up by the Ivy Art Society, a student group of Visual Communications majors who worked on the project throughout the semester in addition to their regular class work. “Finding Ivy” tells a series of stories that take place after the downfall of the fictional town Atropolis, where money once literally grew on trees and machines helped the citizens of Atropolis with their daily work. When the machines take over and the dollars on the trees dry up, the citizens find themselves in a city looking for a ray of hope. It is up to a small group to re-learn how to control the machines and find the only thing that can save their future: the Ivy Seed.
A graphic novel authored, created, and published by students at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast W ith the year 2025 looming on the horizon, the people of Atropolis have found themselves trapped in what was once a thriving city with trees that bore money and machines to do all the work. But the people of Atropolis had grown careless in their lives of ease. The trees began to grow bare, and the machines they had relied on for so long turned on them. The machines destroyed the city, leaving fire and ash. The air was thick with smoke and disease, and the waters ran black. Most scavenged, hid, and lived out their lives scared and defeated, with no hope of anything better. Still, there were those who wished for something more. There were legends told of a small ivy seed saved from the first of the Ivy Trees. This seed could once more produce wealth from its limbs and start the line of prosperity anew. But the seed was lost in the wake of war with the machines. The only glimpse of hope for the people of Atropolis is that the seed be found and planted, allowing Ivy Trees to flourish again. This story is about those who stepped out to find this seed, to control the machines, and to bring prosperity and revitalization to Atropolis. This is a fictional story. It is not Affiliated in any way with real people or places. it is a story written and illustrated from the imagination of college students. but, just think, what ifâ€Ś 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 tWO MONTHS LATER... Now that we have finished our training, We can go look for the seed. Can’t be much harder than the Helicopter. You are going to need Someone watching YOUR BACK FROM THE MACHINES While YOU GO LOOKING FOR THE IVY SEED. I saw a BUILDING THAT I’D SWEAR WAS THE LOST CAMPUS. I just hope the machines haven’t- --oh, no... Does anyone know where we should start looking for the lost campus? 12 TOLD YOU GUYS YOU WERE Going TO NEED SOMEONE TO WATCH YOUR BACK. our training is already paying off.. LATEr... IS THAT THE PLACE? I CAN’T Believe THE CAMPUS is Still Standing AFTER ALL This Time. THE MACHINES MADE SURE NO ONE WAS ABLE TO GET TO it BEFORE... Now that we can bring down the machineswe have a chance! 13 “The lost campus is the perfect base while we look for the seed.” and the weeks pass... HEY GUYS, I THlNK I FOUND SOMETHlNG! 14 “After all this time, could we have really found it?” “THiS CHANGES EVERYTHiNG!” “WE HAVE TO GET THiS BACK TO The seed was just a start, HE’LL BE BEST of but ANDORU. more, it was a THE shimmer PERSON TO GROW iT.” . something new: hope “I“I hope we can make grow.” HOPE WE CAN FiNDit MORE!” 15 16 meet the creators This project was a SPRING 2014 collaboration between THE IVY ART SOCIETY, AN IVY TECH NORTHEAST VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS STUDENT CLUB, AND IVY TECH NORTHEAST MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE INTERNS AND STUDENT WORKERS. Joey Avila illustrated the cover and “A Seed of Hope” on Pages 12 to 15. He is a visual Communications major who is currently working on a comic book. Find out more at joeyavila.com. LUCAS BAUSERMAn is a visual communications student who graduated in May 2014. He illustrated “The Ivy Tree” on Pages 2 and 3. Danielle evans is a visual communications major who illustrated the conclusion on Page 16. Randall Goergen colored the illustration on Page 16. He is a visual communications major. semir hozanovic iillustrated “Fetch” on Pages 4 and 5. He loves to draw and is working on a book of his own work. marvin mikesell illustrated “An Education” on Pages 6 to 9. He is a visual communications major who plans to earn a bachelor’s degree upon graduation from Ivy Tech Northeast. Kaila shoemaker wrote “Finding Ivy.” She is a hospitality administration major and works as an intern in the Marketing and Communications office. colene smart illustrated the introduction scene on Page 1. She is a visual communications major and loves working with Adobe PhotoShop. shane wilkins is a visual communications major who started at Ivy Tech Northeast in computer information systems. He illustrated “Training Day” on Pages 10 and 11. He likes turtles. special thanks to zack kruse. JENNY SMILEY CRYSTAL MONHOLLEN marketing and communications office work study students who assisted with production artwork and editing. For more information about the Visual Communications program at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, contact program chair Erin Salyers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 260-480-4203. 17 (888) IVY-LINE IvyTech.edu/northeast