Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Malaria Comic - First Glimpse

For the last six months I've been working on the pre-production of a comic for a malaria research network called EVIMalaR.  Along with my co-writer Jamie Hall, who I also worked on 'Parasites' with, we've been doing research, interviews and lots of script work.  We're trying to create a 20 page comic that does justice to the incredible complexity of the malaria parasite Plasmodium, and to the various strands of research and techniques being used to find out more about these single celled organisms.

© Edward Ross / EVIMalaR 2011
Just a couple of weeks ago, we finally sprang into action with the illustration.  I'm doing the linework, and I'm honoured to have the fantastic Tom Humberstone on board doing the colours.  I love the work he's doing - bringing to life this microscopic world with a rich, otherworldly palette.

Plasmodium parasites entering the bloodstream down a mosquito proboscis
© Edward Ross / EVIMalaR 2011
I'll try and bring more previews as the process unfolds.  It's been a welcome challenge for us, really exploring what we can do with comics to describe science.  And being part of the writing process has been fascinating, having to learn about and then retell really complex scientific ideas in an efficient and interesting way.

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