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Story Structure in Graphic Novels — Stitches

We all have moments of putting ourselves aside in order to appease our family obligations, especially as children. You listen to grandpa tell his old college football stories… again. You see your sister play Tree #2 in the school play. You do what mother says, even if you don’t agree.

For David Small – as recounted in his critically acclaimed graphic memoir, Stitches – remaining loyal and obedient to his family almost proved fatal when at the age of fourteen he realized his parents had given him throat cancer and allowed it to go untreated for years.

In this harrowing yet ultimately hopeful graphic novel, Small presents the trials and tribulations of his childhood circumstances and the courage it took to set out on his own.

To see how Stitches works as a three-act story, visit here: Stitches Story Structure.

(Spoiler Alert: If you have not read Stitches, I will be discussing the entire story.)

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