Emanata 2022 - Volume 9 - "Dream"

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EMANATA Vol. 9 2022

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Acknowledgements Emanata wishes to acknowledge and thank the following: Sammy Newman for illustrating our otherworldly cover. Our talented book designer Madison Tran for helping us compile this behemoth of a book. Velocity Comics for their continued support and their role in uplifting the Richmond comics scene. VCU Libraries and Special Collections for their support of student comics creation. Our alumni for their collaboration and continued support. Our editors for their dedication and helping us accommodate a large amount of stories. Our contributors for their enthusiasm and hard work, of which this anthology would not be possible without. And VCU’s Student Media Center, for not only sponsoring our cover art, but also their guidance and support every step of the way. Mark Jeffries Creative Media Manager 804.828.7660 mjeffries@vcu.edu

Dominique Lee Sales & Business Development Manager 804.827.1642 leeds2@vcu.edu

Street Address VCU Student Media Center 817 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA

Owen Martin Office Manager martinso@vcu.edu

Mailing Address VCU Student Media Center Box 842010 Richmond, VA 23284-2010

Check out emanatacomics.com for even more comics! Contact us online: emanatacomics@gmail.com

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Foreword Dear Readers, The cover spread of this anthology, inspired by the work of Heironymous Bosch, is a visual interpretation of escaping the hell that’s been the past two years. As we suffered from burnout during the thick of the pandemic, we here at Emanata dreamed of igniting the passion for comics amongst the masses at VCU. We opened our doors not only to experienced comic artists, but also to students who otherwise would not have an opportunity to express themselves through the visual arts. For many of our contributors, this was their first experience with creating comics. Just as one day-dreams while bored sitting at a desk, some of our contributors dreamt of a whimsical escape from the doldrums of life and held optimism for what the future brings. Others chose to reflect and amplify the nightmarish horrors of life, with the reassurance that all storms pass. While past editions of Emanata, such as Hindsight and The End, focused on the past and present respectfully, this year’s edition, Dream, focuses on hope for a brighter future. At over 400 pages, this edition of the anthology is our Renaissance, as it is not only a revival, but also a great achievement. — Sarah Brady & Claire Deely

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Table of Contents Cover illustration by Sammy Newman Moon Horse by Tess Wladar..................................................................... 6 A Monster Sleeps by Liam M. Harrison................................................... 9 Untitled by Audrey Hale............................................................................16 Kathy by Lindsey Bowman........................................................................21 The Lunar Rising by Kirsten Sturgill...................................................... 25 Dreamwalker by Maggie Colangelo.........................................................31 Untitled by Sarah Brady........................................................................... 34 Entrenched by Croix Louis Richardt...................................................... 39 Settling Debts by Jay Crilley................................................................... 46 Dream by Vince Ciciora............................................................................ 50 Death of a Memory by Piper Johnson................................................... 56 3:00am by Nick Garnhart..........................................................................61 Untitled by Alex Lee.................................................................................. 64 The Train to Nowhere by Kylie Love Gatchalian.................................. 69 There’s a House in my Head by Viv Rathfon....................................... 76 Untitled by Audrey Garrett....................................................................... 79 Untitled by Trinity Bui............................................................................... 82 Untitled by Cassandra Downey............................................................... 88 Starry Wonder by Madi Walker............................................................... 94 Dream Machine by Halden Fraley........................................................... 96 Wandering Mind by Morgan Sawyer..................................................... 101 When Dreams Become Nightmares by Siera Fountain..................................................................................... 105 The Woods by Gray Bradstock.............................................................. 112 Untitled by Winston.................................................................................. 117 Farmhand by Grayson Gayvert.............................................................. 123 Untitled by Allison Bilbey....................................................................... 126 Light & Air by Burnett............................................................................ 132 Vivid by Camille Jones............................................................................ 138 Bird Dreams by Mathew Lilly Vogel..................................................... 143 Duet by Lena Soriano............................................................................. 144 Field Work by Helen Rose Binder......................................................... 150 3 EMANATA-22-MT.indd 3

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Table of Contents Untitled by Cassidy Case....................................................................... 154 Wait. by Yeala Grimes.............................................................................157 Eventually... by Anthony Duong............................................................ 164 Specimen by Johnny Mitchell.................................................................170 Counting Sheep by Jessica Soffian......................................................175 Untitled by Vedika Krishna.................................................................... 180 DISPLACED by Loki Bischoff................................................................ 184 Untitled by Geovanny Mejia................................................................... 190 Roses by Alexander Tyree......................................................................197 Untitled by Teymura Landsverk............................................................ 210 Dream by Casey Smith........................................................................... 212 Bell of the Night by Killian Goodale-Porter.........................................217 Prestige by Toby Porter.........................................................................223 Mundane by Asia Rorick........................................................................229 Untitled by Malaika Campbell...............................................................232 Untitled by Alex O’Connor.....................................................................234 3 a.m. by Natalie Reyes..........................................................................240 Avan the Circle Guy and His Little Dream by Hanna Chou........................................................................................247 Do Dreams Come True? by Samantha Brem..................................... 251 Sleepless Dreams by Nick Siviter.........................................................257 Dream Girl by Tori Woods.....................................................................259 Solace by Abby Downes......................................................................... 261 Falling Asleep by Rena Bridge..............................................................267 Moonbeam Dream by Anderson Bowles.............................................272 Love-in-Idleness by Jesse Beck..........................................................278 Oblivion by Gabe Carlson......................................................................284 Hopes & by Alexa “Tig” Harriss........................................................... 291 What Happened? by David O’Connell..................................................296 Trance by Crisjin Antonio.......................................................................300 Late Bloomer by Lark Fleischer............................................................306 Lucid Dream by Sophie Boone.............................................................308 The Driftwood Express by H. M. Smith............................................... 315 4 EMANATA-22-MT.indd 4

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Table of Contents Untitled by Lily Higgings........................................................................ 321 What Could Have Been by Reese Cilley..............................................327 Anansi and the Stranger by Joseph Jarrett........................................332 My Smile by Bria Sledjeski....................................................................338 Date Night by Kayli LaMontagne.......................................................... 341 what are dreams? by Makayla Brobston.............................................342 Bubby Bubble Tea by Rachel Farzan...................................................346 Moonlit Memories by Joanna Thompson............................................352 Haru’s Dream by Shaina Sembria........................................................358 Untitled by Audrey Huie.........................................................................362 Untitled by Stephen Askew....................................................................368 Dream Corp by Lois Heden...................................................................374 Dreambreakers by Isaac Harmon.........................................................380 Reverie by Morgan Lee..........................................................................386 Lucid by Nicki Baumgart........................................................................392 A Nightly Stroll by Shannon Fritz..........................................................398 Come Along Now by Lily Robinette.....................................................404 Untitled by William Agble....................................................................... 410

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The Lunar Rising by Kirsten Sturgill

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Senior Staff Sarah Leckemby

(she/her)

Editor in Chief Sarah is an illustrator and comic artist who received her BFA in Communication Arts from VCUarts in 2022. When she’s not drawing, she can be found playing spooky video games with friends or adoring her dog, Hamburger. Website: http://gumleet.com/

Claire Deely

(they/them)

Editor in Chief Claire is a cartoonist and illustrator who received their BFA in Communication Arts from VCUarts in 2021. While they are constantly in pain over the fact they’ll never exist within the timeframe of 1968-1973, they make up for this by drawing inspiration from the countercultural movements from that period, particularly psychedelic and hippie culture. Website: https://clairedeely.com/ Instagram: @mintynjeb

Jayce Nguyen

(he/him) Social Media Coordinator

Jayce is a graphic design senior at VCUarts with a deep-seated love for ice hockey, queer narratives, and serif typefaces. His work is influenced by his relationships with fiction and virtual spaces growing up—particularly within video games. He enjoys exploring the relationship that people have with technology and daydreaming of alternate possibilities through fantasy and fiction. Website: https://jaycenguyen.com/ Instagram: @jayce.nguyen

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Senior Staff Nick Garnhart

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Secretary Nick is an illustrator and concept artist at VCUarts, studying communication arts as a senior. They are pursuing a future in environmental concept art for animation as well as comics and graphic novels. Some of their favorite topics in narrative media include fantasy adventure, martial arts, survival, and of course queer romance. On a normal day, you might find Nick at work at the VCU rockwall, drawing in Monroe Park, birding, or rewatching their favorite anime. :) Website: https://garnhartillustration.com/ Instagram: @garnhart.illustration

Alex Dowdy

(he/him)

Treasurer Alex is a major in Cinema, minor in Creative Writing and Psychology awaiting graduation any minute now. He sure loves the idea of writing scripts (that includes comic scripts!!) and, occasionally, he actually gets around to it. His main material is “ensemble casts for lonely people,” dry comedy, and campy sci-fi/fantasy settings with endearingly heavy-handed political undertones. When he’s not planning, writing, or planning on writing, he likes to cook, play the same 5 songs on the guitar, and tell everyone he knows about his cat. (Profile pic: @multiplumes) Website: https://alexdowdy.carrd.co/

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Contributors Abby Downes downesam@vcu.edu @metakno (Instagram)

Crisjin Antonio antoniocr@vcu.edu @ceejalpha (Instagram)

Alexa “Tig” Harriss harrissaj@vcu.edu @TigToggle (Tumblr)

Croix Louis Richardt croixrichardt558@gmail.com @chopsueycroix (Instagram)

Alexander Tyree tyreear@vcu.edu @Bellwetherbird (Instagram)

David O’Connell davidsigmundc@gmail.com @chaoticbeing_ (Instagram)

Anderson Bowles bowlesca4@vcu.edu @chuck_illustrates (Instagram)

Finn Plotkin plotkine@vcu.edu @fishuarts (Instagram)

Anthony Duong duongar@vcu.edu @kiri_n_ (Instagram)

Gabe Carlson Carlsong2@vcu.edu @Lukass_Kicks (Twitter)

Asia Rorick rorickac@vcu.edu @liloposs (Instagram)

Grayson Gayvert Park.rpg.gray@gmail.com @ri0tpark (Instagram)

Bria Sledjeski Sledjeskib@vcu.edu @artofthebumble (Instagram)

H. M. Smith smithhm5@vcu.edu @shermaworma (Instagram)

Burnett burnettnx@vcu.edu

Halden Fraley fraleyh@vcu.edu @halden_fraley (Instagram)

Camille Jones Jonescm4@vcu.edu @myheart_onthecanvas (Instagram) Casey Smith smithcj10@vcu.edu @starscapers (Instagram)

Hanna Chou hannachou02@gmail.com @hanna.e.c.art (Instagram) Isaac Harmon iharmonph21@gmail.com @ismoughart (Instagram)

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Contributors Jesse Beck jdbonesss@gmail.com @brack.bones (Instagram)

Liam M. Harrison Liamharrisonart@gmail.com @Liamharrisonart (Instagram)

Jessica Soffian jessica@soffian.org @figofswords (Instagram)

Lily Robinette Robinettelx@vcu.edu @fyrianox (Instagram)

Joanna Thompson joanna.montero.thompson @gmail.com Joanna Thompson (Art Station)

Lindsay Bowman Bowmanl@vcu.edu @bow.illustrate (Instagram)

Johnny Mitchell mitchellvj@vcu.edu @snoggmasta (Twitter) Joseph Jarrett Jarrettja3@vcu.edu @superocto_17 (Instagram) Kayli LaMontagne Lamontagnekd@vcu.edu @pastavvitchy (Instagram) Killian Goodale-Porter goodaleporkr@vcu.edu @killian_draws (Instagram) Kirsten Sturgill sturgillkn@vcu.edu @khadvod (Instagram) Lark Fleischer fleischertl@vcu.edu @lark_makes_art (Instagram) Lena Soriano sorianol@vcu.edu

Lois Heden Hedenla@vcu.edu Loki Bischoff bischoffac@vcu.edu @spookyloki (Instagram) Madi Walker walkerml3@vcu.edu @zapdigi (Instagram) Maggie Colangelo Colangeloma@vcu.edu Makayla Brobston Makayla.03.b@gmail.com @makaylabrobz (Snapchat) Mathew Lily Vogel vogelll@vcu.edu @matylily (Instagram) Morgan Lee Leemw2@vcu.edu @nightmare_parfait (Instagram) Morgan Sawyer morganksawyer@gmail.com @morganksawyer (Instagram) 421

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Contributors Natalie Reyes reyesnm2@vcu.edu @onedaymacie (Instagram)

ScorpiGoat Flowergoat7@gmail.com @scorpi.goat (Instagram)

Nick Garnhart garnhartnm@vcu.edu @Garnhart.illustration (Instagram)

Shaina Sembria sembrias@vcu.edu @_hyukiexx (Instagram)

Nick Siviter Nick@sivitermail.com @slug_slug_ (Instagram)

Shannon Fritz fritzse@vcu.edu @dream_something_big (Instagram)

Nicki Baumgart baumgartae@vcu.edu @_espeonage_ (Instagram)

Siera Fountain fountainsa@vcu.edu @sieraashleigh (Instagram)

Piper Johnson johnsonp8@vcu.edu @Pixeledpip (Instagram)

Sophie Boone boones@vcu.edu @chihuahua_t0by (Instagram)

Rachel Farzan farzanrl@vcu.edu @kronou (Instagram)

Tess Wladar wladart@vcu.edu @tess.wladar.art (Instagram)

Reese Cilley Cilleyrc@vcu.edu @searhys_ (Instagram)

Tori Woods woodsvp@vcu.edu @toriigloriiart (Instagram)

Rena Bridge renabridge1@gmail.com @rena.ppt (Instagram)

Vince Ciciora ciciorack@vcu.edu @jujjucy (Instagram)

Samantha Brem bremsj@vcu.edu @samanthadrawsstuff (Instagram)

Viv Rathfon rathfonvc@vcu.edu @vivr_art (Instagram)

Sarah Leckemby bradys2@vcu.edu @gumleet (Instagram)

Grayson Bradstock bradstockgr@vcu.edu @gra.yish (Instagram)

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Contributors Helen Rose Binder binderh@alumni.vcu.edu @fungusflower (Instagram) Toby Porter Tobygporter12@gmail.com @Tobyporterart (Instagram) Kylie Love Gatchalian gatchalianklm@vcu.edu @kygatchie (Instagram) Yeala Grimes grimesyg@vcu.edu @yae.la (Instagram)

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EMANATA Vol. 9 2022

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