The Design and Engineering of Superheroes

The Funnies, Geek Style

Can’t get enough science and engineering in your comics? Here are a few more:

Future Shock ( by brothers Jim McGreal, an illustrator, and Pat McGreal, a TV comedy writer and stand-up comic. This single-panel cartoon covers science topics like nanotechnology, cloning, and alien life. The McGreals are currently negotiating with several science magazines and newspapers for syndication.

PhD: Piled Higher & Deeper: Life (or the Lack Thereof) in Academia ( by Jorge Cham. This Stanford-educated mechanical engineer and former Caltech instructor spoofs academic life in a single-panel cartoon with topics like Macs versus PCs, thesis completion excuses, and engineering gender ratios. It appears in student newspapers at MIT, Stanford, Caltech, and Carnegie Mellon.

Brewster Rockit: Space Guy! ( by illustrator Tim Rickard. With a cast of inept space explorers, this comic strip pokes fun at sci-fi issues like time travel and alien space wars. Syndicated by Tribune Media Services.

The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA (Hill and Wang, 2009; by veteran comic writer Mark Schultz and (unrelated) illustrators Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon. The first in a series of graphic novels devoted to explaining scientific concepts in a user-friendly manner, this covers DNA, genetics, cloning, and stem cells.