This short graphic story was based on a deeply troubled New York man named Hamilton Howard "Albert" Fish who lived in the early 20th century. His full story and known crimes can be read on wikipedia. The 16 frames laid out the last chapter of Fish's troubled life - the taking and cannibalization of Grace Budd, which resulting in his conviction and death penalty.
I have always been intrigued (and terrified) by serial killers. Their psychopathy demonstrates what the human nature is capable of, and what could be lurking and manifesting in small ways in every person. Many, like Fish, often self-harm. For Fish, it was inserting needles into his body (29, to be exact), and burning himself. What could have been so wrong and tormenting in his mind that inflicting these pains actually makes him feel better?
Taking ques from his last name Fish, I depicted Albert as a fish and Grace as another sea creature to create visual interest for the project. Shown in this post is the digital version of the frames. We also had to create a hand drawn version, which I truly struggled with, but more on that later. Looking at it 3 years on, I think I did a pretty good job in capturing the perverseness of the story. What do you think?
This was a foundation project for 2D class with Ori Kleiner (who is one of the best, if the not the best professor I had at Parsons).