August 27, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

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No format is better suited than comics to breaking down complex information and making learning fun. And so we’re proud to announce our all-new series: Science ComicsScience Comics’ combination of eye-grabbing art and informative scientific facts will make this series an irresistible choice for kids and educators alike, encouraging its readers to think critically about the science in the universe around them. The study of science is an essential part of a child’s educational development, and Science Comics will get kids excited to learn.

The first three books of the Science Comics series will cover the topics of Dinosaurs (MK Reed and Joe Flood; Spring 2016), Coral Reefs (Maris Wicks; Spring 2016), Volcanos (Jon Chad, Fall 2016), and future volumes, published one per season, will address subjects including flying machines, bats, and the solar system.

Science Comics extends our non-fiction offerings to middle-grade readers.  The Science Comics books will be narrow-focus, single-topic 128 page narrative nonfiction graphic novels, and a new volume will be published each season.  The series will be written and drawn by some of the finest graphic novelists in the industry, and feature introductions by leading experts. Each book will cover topics from the fields of biology, chemistry, and physics, subjects that are part of the classroom curriculum and can be easily worked into lesson plans.

In recent years, comics have found a home in libraries and classrooms across America. Educators and librarians agree that visual literacy is an extremely important facet of a modern student’s education. With the increasing ubiquity of visual information, students must learn to process and respond to visual content, and comics are an incredibly effective medium for exploring visual literacy. In the Science Comics series, readers will not only engage with the combination of words and pictures in electrifying narrative nonfiction, but they’ll also discover the biodiversity in coral reefs, learn about the origins of the  universe in the deepest reaches of space, figure out how volcanoes shape the earth, and more.

“Budding Goodalls and Cousteaus take heed! Science Comics is the perfect series for any curious kid. As exciting as they are educational, Science Comics gives young readers an introduction to the scientific fundamentals of our universe.  This is a series for the next generation of inventors and innovators!” –Casey Gonzalez, Series Editor, Science Comics

“Forget what you think you know about nonfiction books for kids—Science Comics are fun, hilarious, and exciting! This series is all about the joy of discovery, and each book will make you an expert in a new topic,” said :01 Senior Editor Calista Brill.

Since its inception, First Second has been defined by graphic novels spanning all age and genres, from pre-school nursery rhymes to adult memoir and everything in between. We live in a time of unprecedented creative explosion for the graphic novel medium, and season after season, First Second has grown into a home for the best creators and the best works in the field.

Popular Science has some more details (and some sample art)!

4 Comments on “ First Second Presents an All-New Series: Science Comics ”

  • Tim Canny | August 27th, 2015 9:37 am

    These Science Comics look very promising! I liked the sample pages on the Popular Science site, especially the fossils as Cyclops bones one. But, please tell me you have a line of Philosophy Comics in the works. What better way to get young people to think for themselves than to teach them how to think! I suggest “Objective Truth” and “Logic & Reason” as the first two books. Then you can move on to “Morality & Ethics”, “The Great Thinkers”, “The Nature of Reality”, “Life & Death”, etc. Philosophy and how to think is gaining traction in Primary and Secondary Schools! http://news.uci.edu/feature/budding-philosophers/

  • Jarad Greene | August 27th, 2015 9:23 pm

    This is awesome!! ^_^

  • vishvanatha M | December 25th, 2015 7:23 pm

    Absolutely right. No format is better suited than comics to breaking down complex information and making learning fun. We publish science comic book series/magazine called the young scientists in India. Parents comment that their kid reads 10 books of 56 pages each in 2 days!!! Moreover, kids keep talking about the topics they read and explain them to parents. One of the parent said, their kids learns faster and better through science comics.

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