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Communicating your research as a comic strip

Using the principles of comic strip writing to help you summarise & communicate research.

Selina Lock

on 19 June 2014

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Selina Lock
University of Leicester

Communicating your research as a comic strip
Comics & Graphic Novels cover a wide range of topics...
Let's look at some examples:
Have a look at some of the printed graphic novels mentioned or the online comics strips listed at:
Finding the story
in your research
How I might turn research into a comic strip...
Your research story:
Get into pairs
Discuss how your research might be broken down into a comic strip.
Not sure? Think about:
1: What is your research about or where did the idea come from?
2: Where are you in the research process/ what are you doing now?
3: What's the next step in your research?
Have a go at drawing your comic strip.
Feedback to the group.
Comics Journalism
And much more...
What did you like about them?
What did not work for you?
Did the images and words work together?
Did any of the images work particularly well?
Note any thoughts you wish to share on the padlet wall...
Other comments?
Pair up with someone from another subject area.
Language of Comics
But I can't draw...
June 2014
Based on conversations with researchers.
Used Guinea Pig as narrator as that's how patients saw themselves.
Tried to think of images to convey scientific concepts
Use of humour to tackle difficult subject
Based on a description by fellow passenger of her scrambling among the rigging
Shows passage of time and distance
Artist used photo-reference for scenes of, and aboard, the zeppelin
Based on articles by Lady Grace Drummond-Hay (Primary Source)

Picked moments of interest from her articles.
Script excerpt: Lucifer by Mike Carey
Description of what's happening in the panel/image
Text for the Caption Box/Narration
Your turn...
Have a go at creating a comic using Pixton:
Finding an artist...
Friends & family?
Other students or staff?
Websites: www.deviantart.com
Twitter: #createcomics
Facebook Groups
New artists may be willing to work with you for free to build up their portfolios BUT all artists prefer to be paid.
Discuss copyright with the artist.
Other art options:
Photographs: yours or use those with Creative Commons License.

Comic Strip Creator (Freeware)
Pixton (Online)
Comic Life ($30 but can have free trial - good for photo-strips)
When could you use a comic strip?
Not suitable for submitting for academic purposes or to academic/research publishers unless negotiated in advance. Other possible uses....
Poster presentation
In conference presentations
Online to communicate research ideas to public
In internal publications or meetings
To explain research when recruiting research participants
Other ideas?
Lady of the Skies by Selina Lock & David O'Connell
Further help & questions?
Email: stl5@le.ac.uk
This comic was created as part of the Newcastle Science Comic: Asteroid Belter project - http://newcastlesciencecomic.blogspot.co.uk/
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