Transform Your Scholarly Publication Into A Comic!

Are you interested in translating your scholarly publication into a comic or illustration this summer?

Sequential Potential is now partnering with UC Merced the Center for the Humanities to fund the adaptation of your humanities-focused book or peer-reviewed article in a 4-page comic or 1-page illustration this summer.

If you are a faculty member interested in participating in this program, please let us know by filing this short webform by April 23, 2019:

This is a great opportunity to collaborate with renowned comic artist to promote your scholarly ideas in sequential art forms that can reach thousands and make a profound impact on your audience. For those who are following my posts, the recently published RW-94 is a great example.


Comic Has Arrived!!!

How to order:

Kindle: Here.

Hard Copy: Here.

Hopefully the locations of where you can receive digital copies should increase in the coming days/months. I will keep you posted.

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Drum roll…Comic RW-94 has arrived!!!

This project has been alluded to on social media for several weeks now, but details for good reasons (that will be discussed later) have been withheld up to this point. What can be said is that this comic discusses the conflict of 1994 in Rwanda and is a co-authored project with Christian Davenport.

The new comic project will become available in print and digitally for Sale April 6th. Stay tuned for details on pricing and where to purchase.

Updates to this project will now mostly find their way to (where you can already become a Patron and support this comic which projects to include around 3 dozen issues, at least).

But some will find their way here on this site as well. A new Gallery Page has begun and samples and artwork will start becoming updated there.


Building Contention Update


A few years back, Christian Davenport and I began our first project together, Building Contention.

Our intent was to create some actual science riffing on Chris Ware’s groundbreaking Building Stories comic.

The goal with our project was to see if we could create a comic space that people could rearrange themselves to tell a story about their perception of protests and their effects.

We started conservatively creating 27 individual images, like the one to the left, and Chris has been working to test the “reading” of these images in a small survey to ensure that each picture does what it’s intended to do.

Here’s the data when respondents ordered a set of drawings (not shown) in terms of violence.

Here’s the data when respondents ordered a set of drawings (not shown) in terms of violence.

Here’s another set including the protestor image above and where it sits on the “Latent Violence” x-axis.

Here’s another set including the protestor image above and where it sits on the “Latent Violence” x-axis.

Even cooler….


Here’s the color-coded patterning when the respondents ordered the comic panels in terms of what they thought happened in their home area (on the left) and what they think should happen (on the right). It’s pretty cool. Chris told me today that this actually constitutes a non-randomized pattern here, essentially confirming the effectiveness of the comic panels and the essential idea of the experiment.

If you want to see more images of the comic, please check out the full gallery, or my instagram page in the coming days. Planning to share some of my favorite panels.

Event: Reading at City Lights

Unfortunately I can not attend, but I wanted to pass it along anyway….


by Jessica Trounstine, Associate Professor at the University of California, Merced

Where: City Lights Books on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 7:00pm, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco.

Selfish plug alert: I designed the cover art and co-wrote the comic prologue. 

My wife has been lauding how well this book is doing from time to time, so I decided to ask Jessica–from her perspective–what the scuttlebutt was. I also asked if the comic was doing much for her discussions or her sales. She passed on some links where she’d been interviewed (New Books NetworkNiskanen Centeras well as on the radio) and some positive tweets (like this one, or two, or three). It seems the book and comic are being warmly received! She stated from a sales perspective, though, it’d be hard to know at this point what boost she might have, if any from the art, before a financial report comes to her in the middle of the year.

So I’m a little early bird on that one.

In my own world, the experience of handing out copies of Segregation by Design to friends, academics and other professionals has been delightful. Basically everyone gets excited when I show them a “science” book packaged with comics and art. We find ourselves discussing language, art, stories, creativity in everyone‘s work. Some people have seemed to lose their minds in the possibilities of combining comics with their own projects. You know that look. When you get your Dr. Evil face working and that one eyebrow winks up–and you giggle.

Yep. Seen that a lot.

City Lights Booksellers. Jessica Trounstine. A Reading. Segregation by Design. January 16

Book it, if you can.

Cover design by Darick Ritter

Cover design by Darick Ritter

Publication of “Segregation by Design” (belated announcement)

Last year I completed a dream project.

For years, I have wanted to make a comic with a scientist.

A scientist is an expert whose trade is about discovering and describing a part of our world. Unfortunately, most scientists only get the chance to share their ideas with small, specialized groups using highly sophisticated language that lay folk (like myself) often have difficulty understanding.

I wanted to see if I could help a scientist make their material more relatable and understandable to a broader audience.

Segregation by Design is a book written by the brilliant Jessica Trounstine (a political scientist at the University of California, Merced) about structural racism in cities–an extremely difficult and perplexing subject of incredible social import. What we did together is create an 8-page prologue comic summarizing and simplifying the main points and recommendations from her book.

I also had the opportunity to design and create the original artwork for the cover:


Please buy your own copy of Segregation by Design to learn more about our challenges disentangling racism from local politics and finding new ways to alleviate what should be concerning us all. It’s an understatement to say that this is an important book.

But if you’re short on cash or time, at the very least give the comic a full look. You can view the entire color work, currently, on the construction page of my new site Sequential Potentialthe future repository of all my inter-married science and art projects.

I want to thank Jessica Trounstine for the opportunity to realize a dream and taking a chance on sequential art.

And thanks also to Cambridge University Press for being open to the potentials of comics as a vehicle for making academic material more accessible to readers of all kinds.