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https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2022-945
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2022-945
 
09 Dec 2022
09 Dec 2022
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Paleontology-themed comics and graphic novels, their potential for scientific outreach, and the bilingual graphic novel EUROPASAURUSLife on Jurassic Islands

Oliver Wings1,2, Jan Fischer3, Joschua Knüppe4, Henning Ahlers5, Sebastian Körnig6, and Arila-Maria Perl1 Oliver Wings et al.
  • 1Natural Sciences Collections, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Domplatz 4, 06108 Halle (Saale), Germany
  • 2Natural History Museum Bamberg, Fleischstr. 2, 96047 Bamberg, Germany
  • 3Urweltmuseum GEOSKOP / Burg Lichtenberg (Pfalz), Burgstr. 19, 66871 Thallichtenberg, Germany
  • 4Independent researcher: Idastraße 13, 49479 Ibbenbüren, Germany
  • 5Independent researcher: Im Mühlentor 3, 31832 Springe, Germany
  • 6Didactics of Biology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Weinbergweg 10, 06120 Halle (Saale), Germany

Abstract. The first part of this article gives an overview of influential comics and graphic novels on paleontological themes from the last twelve decades. Through different forms of representation and narration, both clichés and the latest findings from paleontological research are presented in comics in an entertaining way for a broad audience. As a result, comics are often chroniclers of 20th century scientific history and contemporary paleoart. The second part of this article deals with the development of the bilingual graphic novel EUROPASAURUS – Life on Jurassic Islands, which communicates knowledge from universities as well as museums to the public. This non-verbal comic presents the results of a paleontological research project on a Late Jurassic terrestrial biota from northern Germany in both a scientifically accurate as well as an easily understandable way, based on the way of life of various organisms and their habitats. Insights into the creative process, the perception of the book by the public, and ideas on how to raise public awareness of such a project are discussed.

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We give an overview of influential comics and graphic novels on paleontological themes, especially dinosaurs. We explain their different forms of representation and narration, and how their were influenced by the contemporary state of knowledge. The second part deals with the creation of the bilingual graphic novel EUROPASAURUS – Life on Jurassic Islands, a non-verbal comic book, and how this book was perceived by the public.