Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Dr. Jean Braithwaite
Time and Fortune, a graphic novel script, takes the true story of John Harrison’s competition for the longitude prize, as told by Dava Sobel, and seeks the changes that could have culminated had Harrison sought other avenues for his product. Considering his judge was his competitor, if Harrison made a secret copy of H-4, a watch that accurately holds the time from homeport, and gave it to a sailor invested in its success, naval military power could have changed today’s world as we know it. Imagining that John Harrison changed one small decision in his life, this storyline sets a new history in motion where Virgil, the Royal Navy sailor armed with longitudinal navigation, will eventually thwart the American colonists’ shot at a revolution, creating an alternate history that balances a bicentennial celebratory attitude toward the colonial victory in the War of American Independence with a subversive historical present tone.
University of Texas-Pan American