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EPIC THEMES IN AWESOME WAYS: How we made Asteroid Belter: The Newcastle Science Comic, and why it matters

Lookup NU author(s): Lydia Wysocki


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Asteroid Belter: The Newcastle Science Comic is a 44-page, newsprint, 10000 copy print run comic for the British Science Festival 2013 hosted by Newcastle University, England. 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 sought to put university science research and concepts into the hands of children in a way that is meaningful, interesting, and inspiring to them. We did this by supporting scientists and comics creators to work together and increase each party’s understanding of the value of the other’s work. This article first outlines how we made Asteroid Belter, where we locate it in the wider field of comics, and then goes on to identify what we can and cannot show as evidence of its success.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wysocki L, Thompson M

Editor(s): Ian Hague

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Comics Forum

Year of Conference: 2014

Online publication date: 23/09/2014

Acceptance date: 23/09/2014