In this series, we sit down with teen readers and artists to learn more about what connects them to the comic.
Behind Trinity City Comics is a team of adult and teen artists with a set of shared values, all investigating common questions: How do we take care of our communities, and call out those who put communities in danger? How do people with resources help those without?
Trinity City takes a “hero’s journey” through an Afro-Futurist New Orleans in search of justice, police transformation and a world with human rights for all. Written for youth ages 12-18, this comic tells a gripping story and includes activities and strategies to help youth create conversation about a future of policing that provides safety for all.
Morgan Prevost, one of Trinity City's youth collaborators, is a YAYA resident artist. Her work mainly consists of drawing and painting, and she also dabbles in ceramics and glass blowing. Read on for a conversation between Morgan and hrilina♡, our Youth Consultant.
At 18 years old, Morgan is already conscious of how far she’s come as an artist. Looking back at the drawings and sculptures she’s made since childhood, Morgan remarked on how much her technical skills have grown.
“I think drawing is one of those things where you don’t need much to start,” she told us. Growing up as a child of two parents who worked often, Morgan would come home after school and draw or read in lieu of formal after-school activities. When she read books, she would draw the pictures she imagined in her head.
Morgan’s work on Trinity City is her first foray into character creation. Along with contributing artwork and world-building, Morgan created the character Rowan (she/her). Issue 1 starts with Rowan introducing us to the world of Trinity City, as well as her relationship with her sister, who goes missing when she goes off to college. Throughout the first issue, we follow Rowan’s anguished search for her sister.
The creation of Rowan has allowed Morgan to grow not only as a storyteller, but as an artist as well. "I tend to move around a lot when it comes to style, but I think I found one I like [for Rowan]," Morgan said. "I might stick with it for a long time."
"It’s ironic," Morgan recalled. "When I first created her, I wondered, ‘How can I make her as different from me as possible?’” Once the character came to fruition, though, Morgan's peers realized that Rowan was more like Morgan than she’d initially thought.
“Rowan has elements that I want to represent Black girls,” Morgan said, including a number of different natural hairstyles. “And, overall, she ended up reflecting me in some ways I didn’t predict. Some things that you don’t think are a big part of yourself actually end up being a big part of the comic.”
We won't spoil the next part of the story, and neither will Morgan, though she wonders if a few of her original story ideas might make it into Issue 2. "I don't know what happens in the rest of the comic book," she mused. "I want there to be some betrayal in there... maybe they kept that in. We'll see what they do."