Story Structure in Graphic Novels — Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean
Sometimes a person can influence and inspire us in a life-altering way. In good situations, we look up to this person and admire them. They, directly or indirectly, become our mentors and serve as a symbol for who we want to be. For Grace, the protagonist in Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean, this mentor is — not a surprise due to the title — the legendary Amelia Earhart.
For young Grace, Amelia becomes a symbol for what she can become in society if she is willing to take the risk of a life-path that is more ambitious than what her hometown of Trepassey, Newfoundland would find suitable for a woman.
Written by Sarah Stewart Taylor (my teacher at The Center for Cartoon Studies) and drawn by Ben Towle, Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean is a solid graphic novel with heart, history and three full acts in just 80 pages of story!
To see how Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean works as a three-act story, visit here: Amelia Earhart Story Structure.
(Spoiler Alert: If you have not read Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean, I will be discussing the entire story.)