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English major Britney Ott presents at regional conference

Waldorf College

Forest City, Iowa – Waldorf student Britney Ott presented her work on graphic story telling at the November Streamlines conference in Dubuque, Iowa.

In her presentation titled “Speech and Image in Graphic Storytelling,” Ott discussed how to balance image and text in graphic stories. The Britt resident pointed out how the two aspects of storytelling complement each other and bring the expression alive.

“The audience really seemed interested in my presentation,” said Ott, a junior majoring in English at Waldorf. “I was happy to be able to say something that made people think about comics differently, as they are a piece of literature.”

The conference is an annual event organized by Clarke University, Dubuque University and Loras College, and gives undergraduate students an opportunity to share scholarship and creativity.

“Britney’s presentation was very good. It was great to see the kind of responses she got for her work,” said Dr. LeAnn Nash, assistant professor of English and director of the writing center at Waldorf College, who attended the conference with Ott. “It was interesting that she used her own work along with others in her presentations.”

Ott is developing her own Japanese Manga-style comics, set in a fictional zombie outbreak period of American history. “It’s a little bit funny, a little bit creepy,” described Ott. The seed for her web comics was planted when she decided to develop a short comic strip for her father on Father’s Day.

“I have just started developing the script and have the composite sketches done right now,” said Ott.

Ott’s “Undecided Major” comic strip appears in Waldorf’s online student newspaper, The Lobbyist.