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EMANATA presents

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Dedicated to Jeffrey Shackelford

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Foreword We care because we can’t help it. We want to see our best friend get home safely. We want our lovers to enjoy video games with us without us being cuttingly competitive to them. We want to tell our bad boss to suck it when they rag on a co-worker who already has enough on their plate. The specific reasons we connect with one another are as varied as the ways in which we do it. But one thing our self-chosen kin in their myriad forms have in common is that they show up for us when we can hardly show ourselves kindness, and we show up for them in kind. It’s easy in the wake of an especially painful breakup, the betrayal of a close friend, or the decease of a loved one to forget that it wasn’t solely blood relations, or one human striking out alone, that built the civilizations that developed into our cities today. No one makes it all on their own, despite supposed animal instincts to the contrary. We have been fed the glorification of one person rising to great heights completely alone when in reality no person rises to their full potential without the help, friendship, and even challenge of other people. Whether we like it or not, we are not alone and it is our ability to welcome people into the circle of our own chosen “family” that creates not only revolutions of thought and policy, along with flourishing artistic communities, but also individuals with the ability to defy the bounds of possibility and reach new heights of achievement, creation, and compassion. In this issue of KIN you will find widely varying stories, of betrayal and loss to new, romantic love. Not because we are weak and need others in a material sense, but because the interplay of support between individuals reminds us of strength we didn’t know we had, and encourages us to achieve that which we could not have dreamed alone. - Elly Call

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Table of Contents I Haven’t Been Home - Fahmida Azim............................................1 Dinosore Losers - Stephan Dartevelle. ............................................8 The Danger Zone - Daniel Torraca.............................................12 Flamingo - Ryan Schultz. ..........................................................15 Hairy Happenings - Shannon Wright........................................19 Cousin Victoria - Megan James. .................................................27 To Just Be - Kyle Daileda

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Hannah Lazarte................................35

Leaflet - Rachel Maves...............................................................40 Zipped - Kelli Moore................................................................45 The Overhyped Miracle of Life - Kelsey Morrison.........................47 Chipmunk and Squirrel - Sarah Thompson Butler..........................52 Spring Comes Too Early - Kathleen Brien.....................................55 Friends Till The Void - Christine Fouron.......................................62 Coronation - Elly Call. .............................................................68 An Unwound Star - Natalie Dementhon.......................................76 Helix - Ameorry Luo. ................................................................82

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I Haven’t Been Home

Fahmida Azim

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Dinosore Losers

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The Danger Zone

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Flamingo

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Hairy Happenings

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Cousin Victoria

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Leaflet

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The Overhyped Miracle of Life

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Chipmunk and Squirrel

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hipmunk and Squirrel were never very fond of one another. The chipmunk spent his days burrowing in his underground home while the squirrel climbed high in his great tree. For these very reasons they both thought they were superior to one another.

They rarely crossed paths except during Autumn, when the Squirrel leaves his tree to dig into the ground to bury his acorns to store for the Winter. Sometimes he would dig a little too deep, into the burrows of the Chipmunk. The Chipmunk in turn would get his revenge by hoarding the squirrel’s acorns in a large pile deep underground.

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Spring Comes Too Early

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Friends Till the Void

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Editorial Staff Shannon Wright Editor-in-Chief

A Senior in Communication Arts, along with the Illustrations Editor for The Commonwealth Times, Shannon is an illustrator and cartoonist using her passion to reach underrepresented voices and highlight untold stories. Being a huge fan of nerd culture, anime, blackness and feminism, a lot of her inspiration and creative drive comes from those things. Deep down, she’s a big ball of nerves and laughter.

Ameorry Luo Managing Editor

A Senior Communication Arts student, Ameorry is an illustrator, comic artist, and concept designer. She’s interested in drawing upon themes of melancholy, mythology, and unusual juxtaposition in her work, as well as telling stories about the Chinese-American diaspora experience.

Elly Call Senior Editor

Elly Call’s crustacean hordes continue to amass in the east, and a scorpion special forces unit is suspected on location. When she and her military of magnitude are not enjoying a quiet walk on the beach as a unified, arthropodial force, she is a senior at VCUarts double majoring in Communication Arts and English while minoring in Creative Writing. Her visual work has appeared in the journals Poictesmeand Quailbell, her written work has appeared in the journals Poictesme and Amendment, and her other comics work lurks around on the internet in the form of the webcomic Aubergine In Hell.

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Editorial Staff Daniel Torraca Staff Editor

Communication Arts graduate, freelance illustrator, and designer working at Think of Us (a non profit focused on reforming the foster care system). His work focuses on the combination of textiles and drawing to communicate the intricacies of interpersonal relationships and to better understand people. Hi Mom.

Will Sullivan Staff Editor

Emanata Staff Editor, junior Communication Arts student, and future triple-A concept designer & illustrator. His work centers around future relics, ancient space, and wicked robots. An eternal fan of sci-fi/fantasy his love of the weird, the otherworldly, the mystical drives his creative work across media. \m/

Fahmida Azim Secretary

Senior in Communication Arts, Fahmida is an illustrator, night-owl, and storyteller. She draws pictures and eats stories. She finds the strange in the everyday and the ordinary in the fantastical. She aims to use the language of fiction to find a better understanding of reality.

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Contact Info Fahmida Azim fahmida.azim@gmail.com fahmida-azim.com Stephan Dartevelle stephan.dartevelle@gmail.com eckspeeemb.tumblr.com/ linkedin.com/in/stephan-dartevelle-65273788 Daniel Torraca torracadh@gmail.com danieltorraca.com danieltorraca.tumblr.com Ryan Schultz schultzrc2@mymail.vcu.edu artstation.com/artist/schultz ryanschultzillustration@gmail.com

Kelli Moore art.kellim@gmail.com kelli-moore.com kelli-mart.tumblr.com Kelsey Morrison morrisonkj2@mymail.vcu.edu Sarah Thompson Butler sarahthompsonbutler@gmail.com sarahthompsonbutler.com Kathleen Brien kat.extravanganza@gmail.com kathleenbrien.tumblr.com Christine Fouron fouronc@gmail.com fouronillustration.com

Shannon Wright shanneyy23@gmail.com shannon-wright.com shannondrewthis.tumblr.com

Elly Call ellycallm@gmail.com elly-call.squarespace.com https://aubergineinhell.tumblr.com

Megan James megemmyjay@gmail.com megan-james.weebly.com illustraptor.tumblr.com

Natalie Dementhon dementhonna@mymail.vcu.edu bhakri.tumblr.com nataliedementhon.weebly.com

Kyle Daileda kndaileda@gmail.com kyle-daileda.squarespace.com Hannah Lazarte lazartehn@me.com lazarte-art.com

Ameorry Luo ameorry@dustandhalos.com dustandhalos.com dustandhalosart.tumblr.com

Rachel Maves mavesr@gmail.com rachelmaves.com rachelmaves.tumblr.com

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Acknowledgements Emanata wishes to acknowledge and thank the following: The VCU Student Media Center for their unending support. Meg Gandy for giving us an amazing cover. Velocity Comics for being the hub of the Richmond comics scene. Our talented alumni for reaching back to collaborate with students. The contributors, for the bonds you have inked into these pages. ...and Jeffrey Shackelford for always supporting our publication.

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Emanata 2016 - Volume 3 - "KIN"  

Third volume of the VCU Student Comics Anthology, under a new name "Emanata."

Emanata 2016 - Volume 3 - "KIN"  

Third volume of the VCU Student Comics Anthology, under a new name "Emanata."