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BE INSPIRATION │ KNOWLEDGE Artist Making a graphic novel is a bit like making a movie, one frame at a time.


It's a challenging, multi-part process that begins with a spark of inspiration, backed by thorough research, and ultimately brought to life through visual art on the comic page. But despite the effort, I find comics to be an incredible medium for deeply exploring and expressing a concept. In the case of The Last of the Polar Bears, the format allowed me to tell the story of a polar bear family fighting to survive in a compelling and personal way, by giving these animals a voice as only the graphic novel can.


RESEARCH


The first step to creating any graphic novel is the research. For my last book series, Peach Fuzz, I was able to pull a lot of inspiration directly from my own childhood and experience with ferrets. The Last of the Polar Bears is a very different animal. I wanted to create an honest and accurate portrayal of polar bear life, but didn't know much about them before I started, so I hit the books. I spent months researching, fact checking, reading books and watching documentaries about polar bears, arctic wildlife, and climate change. All the while, I did hundreds of preparatory sketches of polar bears to study their anatomy and motion.


OUTLINE


I had a rough idea of the story I wanted to tell, but with a stack of notes and research materials inspiring and informing me, the ideas really started gelling together. Co-writer Jared Hodges and I started fleshing out the personalities and back-stories of the characters, plotting the events, refining the themes, and working out what would happen to the polar bear family along their journey.


TUTORIAL


CREATING A COMIC with Lindsay Cibos


With all the charm of a Golden Classic, presented for a modern generation ‘The Last Of The Polar Bears’ gives a visual-voice to a vital struggle.


www.lastpolarbears.com


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