8 April 2022

#AntarcticLog: Not just for kids

Posted by Shane Hanlon

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

Illustrated stories are for kids, right? Not right at all! People of all ages read, laugh and cry over, learn from, and love pictures.  

Pictures of penguins take precedence, perhaps. Here’s one that lightens the tone of a tough story — one in which a poll reveals that parents want their kids to know about climate change, but struggle with how to tell them.  

Well here’s one answer of mine: by sharing visual storytelling (like #AntarcticLog with kids) and encouraging them to use this method — call it illustrations or visual story or comic — to share what they know, learn, and care about regarding climate change.  Here are two comics that were winners in the Science Comic Contest #AntarcticLog runs in cooperation with Smithsonian, Science Friday, and Muse magazine. 

And here’s another answer from me: a brand new book, Antarctica: The Melting Continent, intended for 8 to 14 year olds.  Just my writing, this time. Angela Hsieh did the gorgeous artwork, literally drawing from #AntarcticLog comics. Share it with someone who represents your future. 

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