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Alter egos: An exploration of the perspectives and identities of science comic creators

Collver, Jordan; Weitkamp, Emma


Jordan Collver


© 2018 The Author(s). While academic interest in science comics has been growing in recent years, the creators of these materials remain understudied. This research aimed to explore the experiences and views of science comic creators through the lens of science communication. Qualitative, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 science comic creators. Interviewees felt that the visual, narrative, permanent, and approachable qualities of comics made them particularly adept at explaining science and bringing it to new audiences. Science comic creators often had complex identities, occupying an ambiguous territory between 'science' and 'art', but were otherwise unconcerned with strict definitions. They emphasised the importance of balance between entertaining and informing, striving to create an engaging visual narrative without overcrowding it with facts or compromising scientific accuracy. This balancing act, and how they negotiate it, sheds light on what it means to be a science communicator operating in the space between entertainment and information/education.


Collver, J., & Weitkamp, E. (2018). Alter egos: An exploration of the perspectives and identities of science comic creators. JCOM: Journal of Science Communication, 17(1), 1-22.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 12, 2017
Online Publication Date Jan 16, 2018
Publication Date Jan 16, 2018
Deposit Date Sep 29, 2017
Publicly Available Date Sep 29, 2017
Journal Journal of Science Communication
Electronic ISSN 1824-2049
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 1
Pages 1-22
Keywords science and arts, science comics, science communication
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