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 Potential—the 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.