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Webcomics: Emma Canziani

Ocean Liners
A stacked four-panel webcomic. The top panel is the title and says "Ocean Liners Speed and Style - a comic by Emma Canziani" and shows a person buying a ticket from someone else. The second panel shows the person walking around a beautifully illustrated version of our erstwhile Ocean Liners exhibition, smiling at the exhibits of clothes and luggage. The third panel shifts in tone and the person is suddenly on an ocean liner themselves as the exhibition comes to life. The final panel shows the person meeting a smiling little girl in a blue dress.
A stacked four-panel webcomic. The top panel shows an adult person standing next to a child in a blue dress on the prow of a ship. The second panel shows the two people in front of a huge bronze panel depicting athletes. The third panel shows a decadent banquet taking place and our two characters are sat under the table, obscured by the table cloth as a chef finds them by lifting it up. The final panel shows them both in a cabin trying on twenties dresses and playing with a baby.
A stacked four-panel webcomic. The top panel shows the interior of a glamorous ocean liner with people dressed in twenties finery descending a staircase. The second panel shows the main character bumping into someone else. The third panel has snapped that person back to reality, with them and the other person wearing contemporary clothes. The person looks a bit confused. The fourth panel effectively zooms out from the person's face showing them in the Ocean Liners exhibition at V&A Dundee, not on an actual ocean liner as she was fantasising about.
A stacked four-panel webcomic. The top panel shows a slightly sad person leaving an exhibition after their flight of fancy ended, realising it was fantasy. The second panel show them seeing an elderly couple in the museum with the older woman holding the arm with a younger one. The third panel is a close-up of the older lady who is smiling and happy, wearing a scarf with the same print as a dress worn by the little girl in the fantasy section of the earlier strip. The final panel is back to our protagonist who is now happy and serene.
  • Emma Canziani's webcomic: Part 1 of 4

  • Emma Canziani's webcomic: Part 2 of 4

  • Emma Canziani's webcomic: Part 3 of 4

  • Emma Canziani's webcomic: Part 4 of 4

Each student’s work is released in four instalments over four weeks. Check back next Friday to read the following part.

Inspiration

"When I entered the Ocean Liners exhibition at V&A Dundee, I didn’t really know what to expect. I like boats, I like the roaring twenties...the Great Gatsby is kinda neat. But when I entered the exhibition, the details overwhelmed me, and I suddenly felt a breeze that smelled of sea salt. You could hear laughter as everyone on deck enjoyed themselves by the pool, parading in their newest daring fashions."

Biography

Drimmolo (Emma Canziani) is a digital comic artist and professional daydreamer, currently completing their Masters in Comics and Graphic Novels at the University of Dundee.

Born in Italy, but raised all over the world (Germany, Libya, Malaysia and more), Drimmolo creates autobiographical comics about their imaginary world and the creatures that inhabit it.

The webcomics published across our digital channels have been created by University of Dundee’s Masters in Comics and Graphic Novels students.