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6 January 2023
#AntarcticLog: Happy New Year!
The South Pole is as mysterious to me as it is to you. I rely on other people’s stories to get a sense of what it’s like. This one’s from Guy Guthridge, and I appreciate it. Even more, I appreciate Guy, who founded the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers program. I’m always looking for ways to get back to the ice — in person or through stories like this.
30 December 2022
#AntarcticLog: Hopey New Year!
As we start 2023, I’m bright-eyed and bushy-tailed with optimism, so this post is a look back at some of the hopeful comics in the last five years.
16 December 2022
#AntarcticLog: Blasts from the past
Magical? Science? Sure, as samples offer clues to unseen, unknown worlds nothing like our own, the metaphors turn to ideas like time machines and portals, and the adjectives turn to fantasy. And yet — it’s real! Check this — new proof of ecosystems and species previously unknown, based on a few grains of dirt.
9 December 2022
#AntarcticLog: Beyond the “Wall”
Yes, I’m shocked each time I see a scientist take time to get interviewed by someone debunking a false claim about climate change, Antarctica, space, you name it. Besides debunking the debunking, my contribution this week is a look back at just a few #AntarcticLog comics that focus on the work of scientists who worked in Antarctic’s interior.
2 December 2022
AntarcticLog: Diversifying Antarctica
#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here. There are many efforts afoot to increase minority perspectives in the sciences. As we celebrate the 63rd anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty, which designated Antarctica as an international continent dedicated to knowledge and peace, we acknowledge the lack of diversity there — and elsewhere. In my new project, I Was A Kid, which launched …
25 November 2022
#AntarcticLog: Wonders of the World
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t truly see the world through rose-colored glasses, as this comic may make it appear. But I’m looking for hope wherever it may be found, including, this month, the COP27 gathering in Egypt.
18 November 2022
#AntarcticLog: Under the Sheet
Artist Karen Romano Young explores some of the secrets of the Antarctic ice sheet and how science helps reveal them.
4 November 2022
#AntarcticLog: Trick of treat for UNICEF?
On Halloween I was doing a little research on Vanessa Nakate, the Ugandan climate change activist, and learned that she has become a spokesperson for Unicef. Halloween… Unicef… climate and hunger? I switched gears quickly to create this trick-or-treat comic with a nod to my own early activist past.
28 October 2022
Once upon a time, I had a penguin costume. I’ve learned that, when I go into the field with scientists, it’s never a bad idea to pack a costume. And that one has definitely had legs — short legs, for sure, but I’ve seen it in a number of videos, from penguin dances for International Penguin Day to open mic nights — penguin on saxophone, anyone?
21 October 2022
#AntarcticLog: The Ant-Antarctic
This week, artist Karen Romano Young takes us to the Arctic, another area of the world especially affected by climate change.