Blog Tour: Comics Extravaganza Featuring Science Comics

Science is where it's at! I really love and appreciate all sciences - mechanical, human, environmental, biological, social... you get the idea. I still get #thefeels at the start of every semester just from the anticipation of teaching a new group.  I love to see the "light bulb" when they start to piece science together.

Now, if you can find a fun, cool way to grab the attention of a young reader (any reader) and get them interested in history & science, you my friend have found a gem! And I think that Science Comics are real gems, who doesn't like a picture version of fun facts. So lets take a few minutes and get to know the author behind the latest Science Comics: Flying Machines, Alison Wilgus.

Hello Alison!

Tell us your first memory of reading a comic or graphic novel.

I was an enormous fan of Garfield as a young child. We owned all of the collections in print at the time, and I would beg the adults in my life to read them to me as bedtime stories.

What's your favorite comic or graphic novel, and what do you love about it?

I love too many comics to choose favorites, but one book I keep coming back to is "The Less That Epic Adventures of TJ & Amal" by EK Weaver. It's a love story that follows two men on a cross-country road trip, and it's hilarious and charming and just an absolute joy to read. The two of them begin as strangers, and EK does a fantastic job of showing us the slow, stuttering process of the two of them getting to know each other. She has an amazing eye for character, how people talk and move and share space with one another, and every time I revisit this story I find some thoughtful detail I'd missed the last time through. "TJ & Amal" was originally serialized online as a webcomic, but it really is a graphic NOVEL in the way it's paced and structured, such that experiencing it as a collected volume for the first time was immensely satisfying, that feeling of reading something as it was intended to be read, drinking it all down in one long sitting.

Tell us a little about your latest graphic novel. 

My latest book is "Flying Machines: How the Wright Bothers Soared," a recent addition to First Second's middle grade Science Comics series. It's narrated by Katharine Wright, sister to Wilbur and Orville, and follows the early years of aviation history as well as the basic physical principles of flight. It's illustrated by Molly Brooks, and I'm pretty thrilled with how it turned out! We wanted to show kids the chain of innovation -- how each new development in technology or knowledge is built on the progress of everyone who came before, and how every innovator exists in a community of their peers. The Wrights were amazing people, but they weren't the only ones doing great work in the pursuit of a practical aeroplane!

Click HERE to see the complete list of Science Comics

If you want to read about more of the latest comic releases, jump on over to one of the blogs listed. Happy Reading Friends!

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