Three years ago, I began working on a comic strip with the idea that if you can make a friend laugh at their irrational and unscientific ideas, perhaps they'll take them a little less seriously.
Not just a geeky anthology
In addition to 145 recolored Carbon Dating comic strips, this book is also intended as a primer to many topics in the public understanding of science.
The book also includes the expertly researched Debunking Handbook by John Cook and Stephan Lewandowsky, a must-have reference for any aspiring science communicator. This guide warns that attempting to debunk a myth may in fact reinforce it, and provides tools for avoiding the the Backfire Effect.
A Sciencey History
2013 - Out of this idea grew a story of romance and frustration on the part of a fledgling science journalist, struggling with the pseudoscience of his closest friends. Two years ago I launched this comic strip called Carbon Dating at a science convention, The Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas. "Launched" is a relative term when it comes to webcomics, I spent the convention giving away magnets at the bar in exchange for tweets. We all have to start somewhere!
2014 - It was from these modest beginnings that Carbon Dating joined the pages of national magazine the Skeptical Inquirer, and I began drawing full-page illustrations for another - Skeptic Magazine. Then we launched the first Kickstarter with the goal of hiring an artist to create daily, full-color comic strips - and we hit our goal in three days.
Now, after months of producing 5 comics per week, we are finally ready to collect our favorite comics into a full-color hardcover collection!
Printed through PrintNinja.com, the hardcover will be a landscape 9x6 with high quality offset printing. Printing and shipping takes 11 weeks, and will be forwarded to all our backers in August/Sept. This will be a limited run of 500 copies, signed and numbered.
Risks and challenges
I learned A LOT about Kickstarter pitfalls with my first campaign a year ago. We hadn't planned for success, and time-intensive personalized rewards (being drawn into comic strips) took way too long to accomplish.
This year, we are keeping it simple - it's all about the dream of holding a creating a Carbon Dating hardcover. The books will be printed through PrintNinja.com, and shipped from overseas. My biggest concern is that they won't arrive in time for The Amazing Meeting 2015, but I hope they will.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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