September 10, 2002
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Volume Three is finally coming out! For those of you unfamiliar with Larry Gonick, here are a few samples of this cartoonist's historical and scientific cartooning. He's done cartoon books on physics, statistics, genetics, the history of the United States, the environment, sex, communication, and, of course, the history of the universe.
posted by interrobang (7 comments total)

I just hope Volume 3 lives up to the high standard of artwork seen in the previous two volumes of the History of the Universe and not the odd scribbly mess that characterizes his other work - is he just not trying as hard with those, or what?
posted by wanderingmind at 11:20 AM on September 10, 2002

Never heard of the guy before - great link, thx!
posted by DenOfSizer at 11:53 AM on September 10, 2002

I second wanderingmind's "Woo-hoo!"

A fair number of Gonick's "Science Classics" cartoons, which used to run bimonthly in Discover Magazine, can be found here. Used to be one of my favourite parts of that magazine, along with Jeffrey Kluger's "Light Elements" column...
posted by Johnny Assay at 11:56 AM on September 10, 2002

This is great news. I remember those books from my childhood. I never knew what happened to the artist (and had forgotten his name in the meantime). It's heartwarming to know that not every decent comic artist has retired.
posted by krinklyfig at 12:46 PM on September 10, 2002

When I taught high school biology, I used copies of Gonick's take on the evolution of life as added reading for the students. It was a clear, interesting and fun presentation that did decent justice to some fairly complex topics. The kids seemed to like it, anyway.
posted by mediareport at 2:33 PM on September 10, 2002

Man, I was just talking about these books last week with a friend who had never read 'em before. I ended that conversation with something like "...I woinder if he'll ever publish another volume."

It's about time, that's all I gotta say. Brilliant, wonderful books.
posted by 40 Watt at 2:44 PM on September 10, 2002

Sweet ass sweet, is all I can say.
posted by Coda at 4:39 PM on September 10, 2002

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