Comics for kids + teens about science + technology!
My usual disclaimer that all these lists are just some of my favourites and that I’d love to hear about yours in the comments! Also, don’t forget about Science Literacy Week, happening all across Canada Sept 21-27, 2020!
Little Tails series
By Frederic Brremaud and Federico Bertolucci
Chipper and Squizzo are a precocious puppy and squirrel who, in each volume of Little Tails, set out on a journey to explore new and interesting environments full of fascinating animals and curious creatures!
By Fred Van Lente, Tom Fowler, Jordie Bellaire
Follow Celine and Tucker as they learn the secrets of making their own entertainment. Challenged to make something “other than trouble,” this brother and sister pair use everyday objects to invent toys that YOU can build! Set up a workshop, make ice cream without a freezer, play music with a turkey baster, launch rockets, and more!
This book, and its companion, Howtoons: Weapons of Mass Construction, are some of my all-time favourite comics, and if you’re someone interested in how to build stuff and how stuff works, these books are serious MUST HAVES!
Lucy & Andy Neanderthal series
By Jeffrey Brown
Lucy and Andy are a sister and brother who get into trouble much like any sister and brother. Only difference? Lucy and Andy live in the Stone Age! Discover their laugh-out-loud adventures as the Paleo pair take on a wandering baby sibling, bossy teens, cave paintings, and a mammoth hunt. But what will happen when they encounter a group of humans? Includes extra information about Neanderthal life!
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur: Vol 1
By Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustos
Lunella Lafayette is a preteen super genius who wants to change the world, but learned the hard way that it takes more than just big brains. Fearful of the mysterious inhuman genes inside her, life is turned upside down when a savage, red-scaled dinosaur is teleported from prehistoric past to a far-flung future we call TODAY. Together, they make up the most amazing Marvel Team-Up.
Science Comics series from MacMillan
Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic – dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you’re a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty year old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you!
Secret Coders series
By Gene Luen Yang & Mike Holmes
A wildly entertaining series that combines logic puzzles and basic coding instruction with a page-turning mystery plot! Follow Hopper and her friends Eni and Josh as they use their wits and their growing prowess with coding to solve the many mysteries of Stately Academy. Super cool logic and coding activities can also be found here: http://www.secret-coders.com/
YA + Teens
Manga Guide series
By Various Authors
A collection of guides to various science and math topics at introductory college-level. Using fun stories and great graphics, these manga textbooks can help make complex ideas more understandable.
Science: A Discovery in Comics
By Margreet de Heer
Who exclaimed “Eureka” and why? Why did Galileo get into a fight with the Church? and What happens when you have your DNA tested? Answer all these questions and more with this illustrated primer. In her easily accessible style, Margreet de Heer visualizes science and makes it approachable for those with little knowledge of the subject. Touching a number of topics —including math, chemistry, physics, biology, geology, and quantum theory— this humorous yet substantive graphic account strips the subject of unnecessary complexity.
The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA
By Mark Schultz
Let’s face it: from adenines to zygotes, from cytokinesis to parthenogenesis, even the basics of genetics can sound utterly alien. So who better than an alien to explain it all? Enter Bloort 183, a scientist from an alien race threatened by disease, who’s been charged with researching the fundamentals of human DNA and evolution and laying it all out in clear, simple language so that even his not-so-bright boss can get it.
Tetris: The Games People Play
By Brian Box Brown
Tetris explores the role games play in art, culture, and commerce and uncovers true story of how the game was developed. Alexey Pajitnov had big ideas about games. In 1984, he created Tetris in his spare time while developing software for the Soviet government. Once Tetris emerged from behind the Iron Curtain, it was an instant hit. Nintendo, Atari, Sega – game developers big and small – all wanted Tetris. A bidding war was sparked, followed by backroom deals and outright theft.