Reading the recent Publishers Weekly “The Beat” blog (looking for things that Davy especially might like for his birthday in April), about comic culture by Heidi MacDonald, I came across a new comic book on the subject of genetics, The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA by Mark Schultz, illustrated by Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon (January 2009, Hill & Wang).
The PW blog post has a link to an animated trailer from the publisher and a glowing blurb from Dr. Jay Hosler, of The Sandwalk Adventures: An Adventure in Evolution Told in Five Chapters and Clan Apis fame (Farm School favorites).
And, from a Comic Book Resources News interview with illustrators Kevin Cannon and Zander Cannon (who I believe are not related):
Be honest: when you first heard about the pitch, you had to be wondering how to make DNA entertaining.
ZC: This may sound strange, but I think that the medium of comics can make almost anything interesting. Something about the way that you can play with the page makes nonfiction (particularly nonfiction that can break the fourth wall a little) extremely compelling. The field of genetics also has a great number of things that can be visually compelling, if you draw it well. And with Mark writing, I had no doubt that it was going to flow wonderfully.
Mark Schultz interviewed on NPR
In addition to Jay Hosler, we’re also fans of Larry Gonick’s cartoon histories and guides, including his Cartoon Guide to Genetics (with Mark Wheelis), published in 1991 and since updated.
Another recent “graphic novel” from Hill & Wang: The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation, written by Jonathan Hennessey with art by Aaron McConnell (October 2008). There’s a trailer as well as video interview with the artist.