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.
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/
Academic publications about Newcastle Science Comic:
- Wysocki L. (2018) Farting Jellyfish and Synergistic Opportunities: The Story and Evaluation of Newcastle Science Comic. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8(1), 6. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.119
- Wysocki, L., and Thompson, M., (2014). ‘Epic themes in awesome ways: How we made Asteroid Belter: The Newcastle Science Comic, and why it matters’. Comics Forum. Available online: http://comicsforum.org/2014/09/23/epicthemes-in-awesome-ways-how-we-made-asteroid-belter-the-newcastle-sciencecomic-and-why-it-matters-by-lydia-wysocki-and-michael-thompson/