Comics can serve as a gateway for people to become involved in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) field. Some of the best concepts of science fiction can be drawn from actual advancements and current research in technology. A partnership between IDW Publishing and the Fleet Science Center, now in its second season, provides an avenue where people can discuss the art, science, and technology featured in today’s popular comics with working professionals that include writers and artists along with scientists and engineers. People can gain some insight on the influences behind artists’ artwork and inspirations for writers’ stories and whether they are conveying realistic scientific concepts.
The series, Crossover Where Comics and Science Meet!, has had previous panels relating modern robotics to The Transformers and molecular biology to TMNT and have had industry creators including John Barber and Kevin Eastman. This Friday evening, October 27th, the series will have their final discussion of the season at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery. The invited guests are Steve Niles, the writer of 30 Days of Night, Jonathan Maberry, the author of V-Wars, SDSU immunologist and professor Dr. Joy Phillips, and UCSD doctoral candidate in microbiology, Nina Gao. They will all be discussing the topic of infectious diseases.
Tickets for the event are $15 each and include a comic book and two beers provided by Mission Brewery. More information can be found here. I have attended a few of these in the past and they are always fun and interesting. If you happen to be in the area visiting or as a local, come and talk about comics and enjoy some craft beer. The only thing that could make this event more San Diego is if it involved fish tacos at the beach.