The Legend of La Mariposa – The Demon Gauntlet

Lawrence, James ORCID logoORCID: (2019) The Legend of La Mariposa – The Demon Gauntlet. [Artefact]


The artefact is a young adult graphic novel created by Lawrence. Research process: This project was primarily practice-based, involving initial research into the social, historical, folkloric and metaphysical aspects of Lucha Libre before utilising findings to inform a fantasy action-adventure setting pitched at a young adult audience. The story explores themes of duty, trust and the keeping of oaths and also serves as an attempt to extrapolate the tropes and traditions of Lucha Libre into a foundation for fantasy worldbuilding. Lawrence handled all roles in the production of this output, including all the design and generation of visual and narrative elements. Research insights: The output furthered an ongoing inquiry into the semiotics and narrative techniques unique to sequential art with a goal of developing an accessible but distinct visual vocabulary. Dissemination: This output has been disseminated via Kickstarter, at Thoughtbubble Comic Art Festival in 2020 and 2021, and at Glasgow Comic Con in 2022. It is also available for purchase through online stores.

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