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Science Comics: A Guide To The Graphic Novels That Make Learning Fun

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There are two kinds of people in this world.

  1. People who find science boring
  2. And those who find science fascinating

The thing is, there doesn’t have to be two groups. Everyone, with the right encouragement and outlet, can find science absorbing too. First Second Books believes so too and for the past few years have built up an impressive line of graphic novels, known as Science Comics, that prove that point.

Read on to find out more about what Science Comics are, who are they for, what topics they cover, and much more.

What Are Science Comics?

Science Comics are a range of graphic novels that focus on a particular topic in a way that’s both accessible and fun too. Each 128-page volume is well researched and is made accessible with colourful cartooning, humour, and engaging characters.

The best thing about these is that you don’t need to know anything about the topic before reading them. Each graphic novel is made to be an introduction. So while you might not know much about the topic before reading, you’ll be a household expert by the time you reach the final page!

What Age Group Are Science Comics For?

Science Comics are made for the young and young at heart! While the First Second Books website recommends these graphic novels for ages 9-13, there’s nothing stopping anyone older from enjoying, and learning, from them too. I’m 30 and have really enjoyed the ones that I’ve read!

There’s nothing stopping kids aged 8 and under from reading these too, but they might want to read them with someone older. This is not because of any questionable content (there isn’t any!) but because some of the scientific vocabularies might be a bit too much for younger children. Although, they’re still bound to enjoy them if they’re passionate about the topic.

Science Comics: Dogs: From Predator to Protector cover by Andy Hirsch.

Which Graphic Novels Are Part of Science Comics?

Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers
Written by MK Reed. Art by Joe Flood.

Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean
Written and art by Maris Wicks.

Volcanoes: Fire and Life
Written and art by Jon Chad.

Bats: Learning to Fly
Written and art by Falynn Koch.

Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared
Written by Alison Wilgus. Art by Molly Brooks.

Science Comics: Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared cover by Molly Brooks.
Science Comics: Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared cover by Molly Brooks.

Plagues: The Microscopic Battlefield
Written and art by Falynn Koch.

Dogs: From Predator to Protector
Written and art by Andy Hirsch.

Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future
Written by Mairghread Scott. Art by Jacob Chabot

Sharks: Nature’s Perfect Hunter
Written and art by Joe Flood.

Rockets: Defying Gravity
Written and art by Anne Drozd and Jerzy Drozd.

Trees: Kings of the Forest
Written and art by Andy Hirsch.

Solar System: Our Place in Space
Written by Rosemary Mosco. Art by Jon Chad.

Science Comics: The Brain: The Ultimate Thinking Machine cover by Alex Graudins.
Science Comics: The Brain: The Ultimate Thinking Machine cover by Alex Graudins.

The Brain: The Ultimate Thinking Machine
Written by Tory Woollcott. Art by Alex Graudins.

Polar Bears: Survival on the Ice
Written by Jason Viola. Art by Zack Giallongo.

Wild Weather: Storms, Meteorology, and Climate
Written by MK Reed. Art by Jonathan Hill.

Cars: Engines That Move You
Written and art by Dan Zettwoch.

Cats: Nature and Nurture
Written and art by Andy Hirsch.

Skyscrapers: The Heights of Engineering
Written and art by John Kerschbaum.

Crows: Genius Birds
Written and art by Kyla Vanderklugt.

Science Comics: Rocks and Minerals: Geology from Caverns to the Cosmos cover by Andy Hirsch.
Science Comics: Rocks and Minerals: Geology from Caverns to the Cosmos cover by Andy Hirsch.

Rocks and Minerals: Geology from Caverns to the Cosmos
Written and art by Andy Hirsch.

Rocks and Minerals: The Digestive System
Written by Jason Viola. Art by Andy Ristaino.

Spiders: Worldwide Webs
Written and art by Tait Howard.

Whales: Diving into the Unknown
Written by Casey Zakroff. Art by Pat Lewis.

Birds of Prey: Terrifying Talons
Written and art by Joe Flood.
Available 26th April, 2022

Bridges: Engineering Masterpieces
Written and art by Dan Zettwoch.
Available 19th July, 2022

Periodic Table: Understanding the Building Blocks of Everything
Written and art by Jon Chad.
Available 14th March, 2023

Science Comics Boxed Sets

Some of the earlier releases can also be found in boxed sets. Each boxset collects three graphic novels in an affordable set. The following are the available boxed sets:

  • Science Comics Boxed Set: Volcanoes, Dinosaurs, and Rocks and Minerals
  • Science Comics Boxed Set: Solar System, The Brain, and Robots and Drones
  • Science Comics Boxed Set: Coral Reefs, Sharks, and Whales

Note: Science Comics Boxed Set: Coral Reefs, Sharks, and Whales is available 6th of September, 2022.

Which Science Comic Graphic Novel Should I Read First?

Each graphic novel is standalone and tells a complete story based on its feature topic. As a result, it’s totally up to you as to which ones you read.

If you, or a kid in your life, are fascinated by a particular topic listed above then do not hesitate to jump right in with one of those.

Where Can I Find Science Comics Graphic Novels?

Science Comics are available from good comic book stores, book stores, libraries, eBay, and digitally on Comixology/Kindle.

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