Asteroid Belter (2013)

Asteroid Belter: The Newcastle Science Comic was a 44-page, newsprint, 10000 copy print run comic for the British Science Festival 2013 hosted by Newcastle University. It was produced as collaboration between a total of 76 artists, writers and scientists, led by our editorial team: Lydia Wysocki, Paul Thompson, Michael Thompson, Jack Fallows, Brittany Coxon and Michael Duckett. The comic put university science research and concepts into the hands of children in ways that were meaningful, interesting, and inspiring to them.

Our first reader

Asteroid Belter is available to read in full online on the Newcastle Science Comic blog (click the cover image at the top right of the blog homepage).

Read our writeup of Asteroid Belter as an education and research/community engagement project: http://comicsforum.org/2014/09/23/epic-themes-in-awesome-ways-how-we-made-asteroid-belter-the-newcastle-science-comic-and-why-it-matters-by-lydia-wysocki-and-michael-thompson/

Read our fantastic review from Richard Bruton at Forbidden Planet International: http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/2013/review-astroid-belter/

(photo by Sarah McIntyre, used with permission)

Asteroid Belter launch day

Science FACT-ion (2013)

Challenge

Ahead of the British Science Festival 2013 we developed a downloadable activity pack available as a PDF from the Teachers’ Toolkit. Download the kids’ pack and adult helpers’ pack here – the competition has closed but the activities remain awesome.

Science FACT-ion drawing challengeScience FACT-ion used the medium of comics to show 8-13 year olds how science fact and science fiction are both separate and interrelated, then check this understanding.  We also challenged readers to design their own inventions, with the winning drawings published in Asteroid Belter and exhibited at Newcastle City Library.

LevitatingFrog

Newcastle Science Comic (2012, ongoing)

Newcastle Science Comic is our heading for all things science + comics: Asteroid Belter, Science FACT-ion, The Science of Comics exhibitions, and other workshops.  We sometimes still do projects as Newcastle Science Comic, but we’re not only Newcastle Science Comic.

Since 2012 we’ve broadened our horizons to include other subject areas.  We began with Newcastle Science Comic so it’ll always have a special place in our comics collections.  Hearts.  In our hearts.