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The Epic Mission of Maxwell's Demon to Save Earth from  Overproduction of Entropy and Environmental Disaster: 
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Assa Auerbach, a physicist, and Richard Codor, a cartoonist, wrote this quite unusual comic book.

It's a superhero adventure which, along the way, explains Entropy. This book will appeal to anyone with curiosity and a sense of humor. 

What's the deal with Entropy

Entropy determines how energy flows. It plays a crucial role in some of the world's greatest problems: pollution, global warming, and fossil fuel depletion. However, Entropy is not widely understood by non-scientists. 

That's why we got together and created "Max the Demon vs Entropy of Doom". The story is about Maxwell’s Demon, the brainchild of the 19th century physicist James Clerk Maxwell. This imaginary creature could reduce Entropy, which would help solve Earth's problems.

In our story, Max is sent as a nerdy superhero from outer space to join Julie Calore, his enthusiastic earthling counterpart. Max (and the reader) get rapidly acquainted with the basic laws of energy and heat through humorous encounters with three great historical physicists: Rumford, Carnot and Boltzmann. Max and Julie succeed in generating unlimited, free electricity. But their plans are foiled by Max's commander, Sir Bio, and by treacherous adversaries. There are funny moments, suspense, and near catastrophe. 

Keeping within the constraints of the laws of physics: Can Max succeed in his mission?

This is a deep question, which baffled physicists for a long time. 

The reader will find out the answer, after Richard Feynman explains to Max the fundamental connection between Entropy and Information. The story ends with a surprising and thought-provoking conclusion. 

We've been working on this project on and off for four years. But now we need your support to finish the project and print the book. 

For updates and extra information visit our Facebook page (click here).

Early Reviews of "Max The Demon".

F. Duncan M. Haldane, Professor of Physics, Princeton University. 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics

“I really enjoyed the Demon adventures of Max! Max the Demon gives a good introduction to central ideas of entropy and energy and is educational, as well as being fun. With a modern take on information and entropy, it will inspire school students and help them understand basic science in a fun way, but without sacrificing accuracy and correct science in the explanations! A really cool book!”

Mario Livio, Astrophysicist, and best-selling author of "Brilliant Blunders" and "The Golden Ratio".

“Entropy is a measure of disorder. It’s one of those things that affects everything from the emergence of life to the cosmic expansion. I can think of no better way to introduce this concept to a non-professional, but curious audience, than this witty, entertaining book.”

Michael B. Green, Professor of Mathematics, Cambridge University.
Pioneer of String Theory

"[This book] explains sophisticated ideas of central importance in physics and engineering as a most imaginative story, presented in the form of a beautifully-produced, colorful comic strip. … The format and the style of presentation would appeal to the general public who are interested in popular (i.e. non-technical) expositions of deep scientific issues. Not only is the presentation of the ideas most imaginative, but the visual presentation is also exceptional. The pictures are beautifully drawn in vivid color and complement the written material perfectly. In summary, this is a most impressive book that pioneers a style of presentation that makes sophisticated ideas in physics accessible to a wide audience in the form of an entertaining and beautifully illustrated story."

The Cast of Characters

Max the Demon, our superhero, and Julie Calore, his earthling counterpart
Max the Demon, our superhero, and Julie Calore, his earthling counterpart

 

Sir Bio, Max's boss, in charge of all life forms in the galaxy, and his trusted assistant, Blob, Max’s biggest supporter
Sir Bio, Max's boss, in charge of all life forms in the galaxy, and his trusted assistant, Blob, Max’s biggest supporter

 

 

Johnny Shtark, Julie’s ex-boyfriend, and Professor Canonical, their thermodynamics professor
Johnny Shtark, Julie’s ex-boyfriend, and Professor Canonical, their thermodynamics professor

 

Count Rumford, whose experiments led to the 1st Law of Thermodynamics, and  Sadi Carnot, who paved the way to the  2nd Law
Count Rumford, whose experiments led to the 1st Law of Thermodynamics, and Sadi Carnot, who paved the way to the 2nd Law

 

Ludwig Boltzmann, who gave the mathematical foundation for thermodynamics, and Richard Feynman, Nobel laureate and founder of quantum electrodynamics
Ludwig Boltzmann, who gave the mathematical foundation for thermodynamics, and Richard Feynman, Nobel laureate and founder of quantum electrodynamics

 

Creative Process

We've been working on Max, on and off, for about four years. Typically, Assa would call me early in my morning, but late in his evening after his workday finished. We'd talk over a physics concept that needs illustration, or a dialogue that needs to be sharpened. During my workday here in Brooklyn, I'd sketch out some “rough” ideas and upload to our shared file system. The next day, Assa would modify his dialogue to better match the "rough", or I'd modify the rough. Or, we'd throw the whole thing out and start over.  Once we'd settled more-or-less on the text and the image, I'd flush out the panel: first “sketch”, then “ink”. Finally, I'd shoot it off to Prentis for "coloring”.

Here’s an example to illustrate this process.

A Rough
A Rough

 

A Sketch
A Sketch

 

An Ink
An Ink

 

Colored by Prentis
Colored by Prentis

 

Take a Closer Look ...

Enjoy some sample panels that Prentis has finished coloring:

Sir Bio Assigns Max His Mission
Sir Bio Assigns Max His Mission

 

Count Rumford’s Amusement Park
Count Rumford’s Amusement Park

 

Carnot Explains Heat
Carnot Explains Heat

 

Professor Canonical’s Thermodynamics Class
Professor Canonical’s Thermodynamics Class

 

Ergodistan’s Evil Plan
Ergodistan’s Evil Plan

 

Max Meets Feynman
Max Meets Feynman

 

The Great Gamble in Las Vegas
The Great Gamble in Las Vegas

Funding Goals

We need your help to complete the project and pay for coloring, editing, and printing* the first 1000 copies:

*Details of printing

  • high quality color printing
  • size: 8.5’’ w x 11’’ h
  • 140 pages of 128 gsm matt art paper.
  • perfect bound cover

About the Creators

Assa Auerbach, author, was a radio operator on merchant ships in the 1970’s and a graduate student at SUNY Stony Brook, NY, during the 1980’s, where he met and married fellow physics student, Maggie. He is now a Professor of Physics at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Assa researches the theory of condensed matter and is fascinated by superconductivity. He authored “Interacting Electrons and Quantum Magnetism”, which is widely used in physics graduate courses. Assa has talked about thermodynamics to schoolchildren at Aspen Center for Physics and in outreach events around the world.

Richard Codor, illustrator, makes a living drawing humorously. For many years, he was editorial cartoonist for Crain’s NY Business and the NY Observer. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications in the U.S. and abroad. His work is featured in the The Big Book of Jewish Humor and the Israeli social satire classic, Zoo Eretz Zoo. As a story artist, Richard contributed to TV shows and movies, such as “Doug”, “Lizzy McGuire”, and “Robots”. Richard, with his wife Liora, created, wrote, illustrated, and published the perennial best-selling cartoon Joyous Haggadah. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Larry Hama, editor, is a writer/artist/editor/actor who is best known as the writer of Marvel’s “GI Joe” and “Wolverine” comics in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and as the creator and writer of Bucky O'Hare. He has also written, edited, or drawn for Avengers, Conan, Batman, Wonder Woman, X-Men, Venom, Spider-Man, and dozens more. He currently writes GI Joe ARAH for IDW and does layouts for Deathstroke @ DC.

Prentis Rollins, colorist, is a veteran of the American comics industry. He's inked scores of issues for DC Comics (including “Green Lantern: Rebirth” and “JLA: Incarnations”). He's the author of “How to Draw Sci-fi Utopias and Dystopia” (The Monacelli Press, 2016), and the forthcoming graphic novel, “The Furnace” (Tor Books, 2018).  He met Rich Codor while working on Disney television animation in the late 1990s.  He lives in London with his wife and three kids. He has an MA in philosophy -- big fat load of good *that* did him.

Special thanks to Ziv Katz for the video clip.

Risks and challenges

“Max the Demon” will be fun and educational reading for intellectually-curious public. In addition, it will also be excellent supplementary reading for science-oriented high school and college students. That's why we've set an aggressive goal to publish the book by the start of the next school year in September 2017. However, there could be hiccups along the way, so we target October, assuming no unforeseen delays.

A successful Kickstarter campaign may lead to video animation, sequels, and more. Aspirations!

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