No Small Plans
An original urban planning graphic novel
In 2016 I formed a teacher-artist illustration studio collective - Eyes of the Cat Illustration, with Kayce Bayer, Chris Lin and Deon Reed, and we collaborated with the Chicago Architecture Center to produced an original 144 page graphic novel, which explores themes of civic agency and urban planning.
The book takes the reader through Chicago’s past, present and future, as seen from the perspective of young people struggling to navigate power structures and understand how key decisions that affect their lives are made, and how they can become more active participants in their communities.
No Small Plans, a collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Center (formerly known as the Chicago Architecture Foundation), has received critical praise from architecture critic Blair Kamin, The New Yorker, Salon, City Lab (The Atlantic), The Chicago Reader, Chicago Magazine, to name a few, and it is currently being taught in over 120 Chicago public schools, and teachers are adapting the extensive Reader's Toolkit (found within and online) to create original and engaging curricula. It can also be found at any Chicago public library.
I conceptualized, storyboarded, designed characters, conducted extensive visual research, pencils and inks, and some color work.