Conventions | The Tokyo Big Sight convention center in May will lift the ban on events associated with the manga Kuroko’s Basketball. Creator Tadatoshi Fujimaki and numerous venues that were hosting manga and doujinshi (fan comics) shows have received threatening letters, some containing liquid or powder, and as a result, Kuroko’s Basketball fan events have been canceled and doujinshi tables have been banned from several comics events. (More background here.) [Kotaku]
Sam Hiti (Tiempos Finales, Death-Day) has illustrated a series of educational books for World Book titled Building Blocks of Science. They’re only available to educational institutions, but if you contact your local school or library and tell them you want to read the series, they’ll be able to order them. And since World Book is currently taking pre-orders, now would be an excellent time to do that.
The titles include Electricity, Energy, Force and Motion, Gravity, Heat, Light, Magnetism, Matter and How It Changes, Matter and Its Properties, and Sound. Hiti’s got several sample pages and a behind-the-scenes video on his blog.
Update: On Facebook (and in the comments below; I’m so unobservant), Hiti offers the following advice on approaching schools about ordering these: “Talk to your library at the school. They will have the budget to get it in there asap. If you bring it to a teacher, they will have to bring it before a school committee to approve it to be a part of the schools curriculum, which is good, but it may take longer to get in. Plus the committee would need the books in order to judge them first, so get it into the library first.”
March is Women’s History Month (and indeed, today is International Women’s Day), so the Smithsonian Channel is running a series of shows on Sunday evenings telling the stories of various women in science — and they made some comics to go with them.
Written by Mallory Murphy, illustrated by Gerard Conte, and colored by Kevin Colden (who won a Xeric Award and was nominated for an Eisner for Fishtown), the comics go the traditional route, with covers that hint at more action than just sitting at a computer trying to make the code work (which is what the male scientist in my household seems to spend his time doing). In fact, each five-page comic focuses on a key moment in the scientist’s early life, when they started asking the questions that led to their research.
The storytelling style fits nicely with the subject matter, and each comic is short enough to pique the interest without delivering a lecture (always a risk with educational comics), so the site is worth pointing out to any young potential scientists, male or female, who might take an interest
Who says comics can’t help change the world? Here’s a 25-page manual designed to help teach the Afghan people about the recent election process, the candidates and the issues at hand. Why doesn’t someone do something like this for the health care debate? (found via Boing Boing)