Ball State University Students Present Research Through Comics

by James Ferguson

I have never read a scientific journal, but I imagine they can be a little difficult to sift through some times. To combat that, students at Ball State University turned their findings into a comic book. Graphic arts management students teamed up with science majors from the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation program to create an original graphic novel for the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) annual conference and they won the Special Recognition Award for Design Quality.

The 133-page explanation of the scientific research was presented with the proper abstracts, charts, and references, but also had a story that flowed through featuring four super heroes, Blue Atom, Bright Flame, Lady Helix, and Chemical X, as they aimed to rescue the LSAMP research from the evil villain Dr. Viktor Hazard.
This is awesome on so many levels. It brings new voices to comics. It shows that you can use comics for all sorts of things and it puts some more attention on the medium. You can read the comic digitally here.

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