This ‘carto-graphic’ essay – in the form of a short 5 pages comics story – has been published on LivingMapsReview and inspired by the works of both academic scholars and comics authors, with neither academic nor comics sources playing a prevalent role in the composition of the story. On the contrary, they merged naturally, inspiring the ideation of the panels, the contents of both the texts and the drawings.
The essay draws on years of bibliographical research in the interdisciplinary fields of literary geography and cartography and comic book geographies. It is informed by creative approaches to maps and by the ‘post-representational’ and ‘emergent’ theories in cartography. Comic book geographies have, indeed, demonstrated how comics can actually become an object of interest for spatial analysis and also – as I have tried to explain more thoroughly elsewhere– for cartographic theorists.