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