Series - Seeking Refuge

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Seeking Refuge

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  • 1942-2018 (Creation)

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28 cm textual records
230 drawings : pencil

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Some materials in the series Seeking Refuge belonged to Irene N. Watts, the author of the work. These items, donated by Shoemaker along with her materials, were given to RBSC with the author's awareness and permission.

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Seeking Refuge is a graphic novel written by Irene N. Watts and illustrated by Kathryn Shoemaker. Published in 2016, the work is a sequel to the 2008 graphic novel Good-bye Marianne, and it is an adaptation of Watts' 2000 novel Remember Me. The work tells the story of a young refugee relocated as part of the Kindertransport prior to World War II.

Records in the series include the original art and sketches by Shoemaker (done in pencil) and manuscript by Watts, as well as correspondence between the writer, illustrator, and publisher, and various drafts, corrections, proofs, and research material. Research materials include items used by Shoemaker for illustrations, as well as materials originally belonging to the author, Irene N. Watts, and used to produce Remember Me and Seeking Refuge. These include transit and travel guides, maps, and informally and formally published writing about wartime experiences, particularly focused on the experiences of children.

Together, the files of the series covers the production of Seeking Refuge, from early text to final art, and illustrates much of the creative process by and between Watts and Shoemaker, including transitioning from print to graphic novel, developing graphics, and fitting illustration and text.

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Files were retained in the order received by the archivist and communicated by Shoemaker. Many of the materials were clearly labeled and identified. When sticky notes were removed from materials for preservation purposes, a copy of the sticky note was included in the file. For the files related to "original art" and "under drawings", any text written on a sticky note was handwritten onto the outside of the folder containing the drawing, and the original note was removed.

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