Our comics are an important part of our public engagement programme and have made our research accessible to a wide range of audiences around the world. We have developed a series of comics with comic artist Edward Ross.
The first comic, entitled 'Parasite' was produced in 2010 and co-written by (then) WCMP PhD student Jamie Hall. The comic proved hugely popular with all age groups and continues to be used at all the Centre's public engagement events.
The next comic release was entitled 'Malaria: the battle against a microscopic killer', and was again written and drawn by Jamie and Edward. It has been translated into many languages the most recent languages including Swahili.
Our third comic with Edward and Jamie explores another important parasitic disease that is studied by researchers at the WTCMP: 'Sleeping Sickness : the fight against a nightmarish disease' and highlights the work of Dr Annette MacLeod, one of our principal researchers.
We are developing other comics that explore toxoplasmosis and schistosomiasis, both important lines of inquiry at the Centre. If you have any feedback about the comics please contact Dr Vickie Curtis.
For more information, please visit the WCMP website.
Using Comics to communicate about science
2010 was the 75th anniversary of the Wellcome Trust and each of their UK-based research centres was given some funding to mark this occasion. At the WTCMP former PhD student Jamie Hall approached comic artist Edward Ross to see if he would help to create a comic about parasitic disease that could be used to communicate about the research carried out at the Centre. A few months later, Jamie and Edward, together with artist Rachel Morris, created the Centre’s first comic ‘Parasites’. Edward created the pictures, Rachel designed the cover, while Jamie provided the scientific content and insight into the research. Graphic Medicine (a website promoting medical and science art and illustration) described the comic as “a clever way of engaging the public and raising awareness of the devastating effects of parasitic diseases on the people of developing nations.”