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Oklahoma creators collaborate on 'Illustrated Girl'

by Matthew Price Published: June 20, 2014

An Oklahoma City writer and Tahlequah artist are teaming up for a new comic-book series that features a girl whose drawings of her dreams come to life. The first issue is in the middle of its Kickstarter drive for funds.

“Illustrated Girl” is based on the likeness of Oklahoma City photographer Sandra Pagan. Writer Jackson Compton and artist Natasha Alterici are the creative team for the comic book.

“Sandra brings the likeness for the character as well as a fan base for her photography. She also has a big hand in marketing our project,” Compton said in an email interview.

While Compton had discussed the idea of basing a comic on Pagan with her, nothing had really taken shape until Compton had a dream one night.

“I had this dream of a little girl plagued by these nightmares, and the imagery from the dreams overlaid on her skin before it faded away,” Compton said. “On a whim, she traces one of these images with a marker, and with a little concentration, she brings the drawing into existence. And so the story for ‘Illustrated Girl’ was born.”

Compton teamed with Alterici to develop the characters and landscapes of the story.

“I’m blown away by how she can pull images from my head and turn them into unbelievable artwork,” Compton said.

Alterici described Compton, who wrote the “Nadir’s Zenith” comic book drawn by Oklahoma City artist Jerry Bennett, as “a gigantic nerd monster, with crazy story ideas.”

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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Find out more about “Illustrated Girl” at the Kickstarter link.

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