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After two years of science & geeky romance - a full-color print collection with articles exploring pop culture pseudoscience!
After two years of science & geeky romance - a full-color print collection with articles exploring pop culture pseudoscience!
151 backers pledged $5,350 to help bring this project to life.

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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. 

 Guest Articles by science communicators; Sharon Hill of DoubtfulNews.com,Dr Grant Ritchey of Prism Podcast, Dr Lauren Wright, and Nathan Miller of Scholastical.

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!

The Book

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.

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    You will receive a PERSONALIZED, limited edition Carbon Dating hardcover!

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    You will be recieve a copy of the hardcovers, and drawn into a Carbon Dating comic strip*! These strips will be printed on 11x17 cardstock and mailed separately. (*You MUST provide a picture by email!)

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