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a view from above

snapshot of a neighborhood through the lives of its inhabitants

a graphic novel

by Elyssa Turner


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History

how it all began... The first communities established in the area were African American, German, and Swedish communities.

In the early 20th century, minority communities were pushed from other areas and established communities in East Austin.

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As of 1928, the area was also zoned for industrial use.

During the 1930s and 40s Mexican American and Hispanic communities developed in the neighborhood.

More recently, gentrification of East Austin has brought new demographics into the area, causing a shift in the community and culture.

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Current

what it became...

Currently, the neighborhood exhibits the strong Hispanic influence that has developed there over time, as well as a strong artistic flair and hipster subcultural influences.

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The blending of these two distinct cultures has resulted in a visible and distinct culture that is unique to the East Cesar Chavez neighborhood.

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Characters

Characters

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Bookstore Books

Groc

Books

Books

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Toy Building

Popsicles It says Part C attaches to Part A...

“We are never gonna get this thing built.�

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Coffee Shop

Food Trailer

I was thinking about checking out that new gallery...

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The one on 6th?

So, shopping after this?

Yeah, I was thinking along Congress...

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Closing Shop

Art

Right side needs more shading, man.

Yeah, pass me the green.

Books

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Groc

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Credits

a view from above Story written and designed by Elyssa Turner. Story inspired by the East Cesar Chavez neighborhood. Characters inspired by neighborhood inhabitants.

Books

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Groc

Typefaces used: Klinic Slab and Mission Gothic.

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Locating Place: A View from Above  

A graphic novel inspired by Austin's East Cesar Chavez neighborhood.

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