Political Science


17.583 Conflict and the Graphic Novel is a 12-unit political science course, which presents the roots and consequences of violent conflict through the graphic novel. We developed visualization curriculum for this new subject in collaboration with course creator and instructor Prof. Fotini Christia of the MIT Department of Political Science. As part of the class, Dr. Violeta Ivanova taught sessions on storytelling, illustration, and graphic novel design, and supervised creative work by the students. Curriculum development for 17.583 was funded by a grant from the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.


To teach the visualization curriculum of Conflict and the Graphic Novel, we created our own graphic novel titled “Phantom Fury – A Marine’s Story” (see snapshot below). The graphic novel is based on the memory of a young Marine of the intense urban combat in Fallujah, Iraq, in the fall and winter of 2004.
Story development, storyboards, and photography by Violeta Ivanova
Based on Reynaldo Leal, Jr.’s interview and photography, used by permission
Illustrations and additional artwork by Betsy Skrip

"I wonder what Piglet is doing.", thought Pooh. "I wish I were there doing it, too."

- A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh