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My thesis project, Guldale, is the first installment of a planned anthology series that focuses on a town in the Midwest that is home to magic, cryptids, and all manner of supernatural beings. It will follow the lives of Guldale’s residents and how they interact with the town’s strange happenings and each other. This chapter focuses on a small group of teenage witches—Louise, Eva, and Patrice—who attempt to get out of a biology test by casting an unfamiliar spell that then backfires on them. Guldale was influenced by female-led graphic novels like Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol, and the works of Lisa Hanawalt. Character design and worldbuilding are two major aspects of my process, and I have devoted many, many hours to the research and development of Guldale.

Brooklynn Seiple is an illustrator from Lebanon, Pennsylvania. She works primarily in character design, worldbuilding, and sequential illustration. She combines mythical and supernatural elements with slice-of-life stories for an interesting look at the complex relationships between her characters. Her first comic book, Guldale, was displayed at a senior class exhibition when she graduated from Moore College of Art & Design in 2020 with a major in Illustration and a focus on Animation Arts.

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