Do Do

December 2019

Do Do is a graphic novel that aims to explore the possibility of birds and human's relationship through an absurd story by reversing the fact of do do birds' extinction.

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Inspiration 

When I first came to the Natural History Museum of Oxford University, I was attracted by the dodo birds standing in the window. I could not imagine that once they were all over Mauritius, they were finally extinct due to excessive human killing.

Research 

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The timeline of the story begins in Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries. I set the protagonist as a girl named Do Do, whose tragic experience is consistent with the real history of the dodo. By setting an open proposition at the end of the story to enable my audience to have their answer. 

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Sketch of Characters

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Dodo was identified as almost 70-90 centimeters in length which makes me design the character to be double-height in comparison to human beings. 

Main Story 

dodo family living together
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By putting this one paper folding zine into the handmade shell, I attempt to emphasize the feeling of being locked into a cage, trying to simulate the brutal behavior human beings have done to those birds.