1 April 2022

#AntarcticLog: A Lite-Brite of SciArt

Posted by Shane Hanlon

#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here.

I got my start at Scholastic News, a classroom magazine for 11 and 12-year-olds that covered everything — so I had to interview everyone who was making news. I quickly realized that the people I liked talking to the most were scientists. They were the most passionate, the most enthralled, and they had the biggest lives — even as they focused on a small research topic or specific geographic area. To me they were dots of light that — like the Lite-Brite toy I’d grown up with — formed pictures. 

You might say I’m a fool for climate science.  As scientists worldwide put the pieces together, I hang on their words, their ideas, their models, and try to turn them into a visual message, a comic/cartoon, a story in pictures, words, and graphics.  

In doing so, I hope I can add a point of information that fills in a fuzzy point, a gray area, a dark spot on the Lite-Brite map of a reader’s understanding of the worldwide situation. 

Karen Romano Young is a writer, artist, deep-sea diver, and polar explorer. Follow her on Twitter & Instagram