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Sidney Harris cartoon booksSidney HarrisscienceShortnoEnglishhttp://www.sigmaxi.org/resources/merchandise/index.shtml
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Wire MothersJim Ottaviani and Dylan Meconisscience, behavior/psychologyLongnoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/wire-mothers-harry-harlow-and-the-science-of-love/oclc/144224166Story of Harry Harlow's research on love with wire monkey mothers.
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weirdly goodThermae RomaeMari Tamazakihistory, social studiesLongnoEnglish, Japanesehttp://www.worldcat.org/title/thermae-romae/oclc/822262794&referer=brief_resultsRoman architect Lucius Modestus is mysteriously sucked through a Roman bath only to reemerge in a modern Japanese bathhouse 1,500 years in the future. He returns to ancient Rome and incorporates his observationsinto new bath designs. Some nudity.
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Life in PicturesWill Eisnerhistory, social studiesLongnoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/life-in-pictures-autobiographical-stories/oclc/154706839&referer=brief_resultsStories from Will Eisner's life reveal what it was like to grow up Jewish and his path to becoming a cartoonist and artist
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*Science: A Discovery in ComicsMargreet de Heerhistory of science, science overviewLongnoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/science-a-discovery-in-comics/oclc/852808011&referer=brief_resultsThis book contains an overview of the history of science and many fields, from alchemy-turned-chemistry to quantum physics and relativity. Might be better used as individual chapters rather than reading through the whole book.
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CINDI in the Electric AtmosphereUniversity of Texas Dallasscience, earth and space, atmosphere, ionosphereLongYES!English, Spanishhttp://cssepo.utdallas.edu/cindi-in-comics-2/cindi-in-the-electric-atmos.html Cindi takes the reader through the ionosphere, explaining the electromagnetic spectrum, the light from the Sun, and how the Sun's radiation interacts with the Earth's atmosphere to create the ionosphere. Targeted at high school students.
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CINDI in SpaceUniversity of Texas Dallasscience, earth and space, atmosphereLongYES!English, Spanishhttp://cssepo.utdallas.edu/cindi-in-comics-2/cindi-in-space-2.htmlCindi in Space and is aimed specifically at students in grades 6 to 9. It explains the Earth's upper atmosphere along with the purpose of the NASA CINDI instruments astudying the upper atmosphere as part of the C/NOFS satellite.
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Newton and CopernicusscienceShortYES!Englishhttp://www.newtonandcopernicus.com/Two lab mice observe and comment on the process of laboratory science.
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XKCD: Land MammalsXKCDscience, biology, biomassShortYES!Englishhttp://xkcd.com/1338/
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SMBC (1)Saturday Morning Breakfast Cerealscience, paleontology, extinction, dinosaurs, mammalsShortYES!Englishhttp://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=1535
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Piled Higher and Deepereducation, academiaShortYES!Englishhttp://www.phdcomics.com/comics/most_popular.php
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Unearthed Comicsscience, geology, biologyShortYES!Englishhttp://unearthedcomics.com/comics-page/
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What is the Aurora?!Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratoryscience, earth and space, electromagnetismLongYES!English, Japanesehttp://www.stelab.nagoya-u.ac.jp/ste-www1/doce/outreach.html
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What is the Geomagnetic Field?!Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratoryscience, earth and space, electromagnetismLongYES!English, Japanesehttp://www.stelab.nagoya-u.ac.jp/ste-www1/doce/outreach.html
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What is the Ozone Hole?!Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratoryscience, earth and space, electromagnetismLongYES!English, Japanesehttp://www.stelab.nagoya-u.ac.jp/ste-www1/doce/outreach.html
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What is the Solar Wind?!Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratoryscience, earth and space, electromagnetismLongYES!English, Japanesehttp://www.stelab.nagoya-u.ac.jp/ste-www1/doce/outreach.html
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What is Global Warming?!Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratoryscience, earth and space, electromagnetismLongYES!English, Japanesehttp://www.stelab.nagoya-u.ac.jp/ste-www1/doce/outreach.html
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What are Cosmic Rays?!Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratoryscience, earth and space, electromagnetismLongYES!English, Japanesehttp://www.stelab.nagoya-u.ac.jp/ste-www1/doce/outreach.html
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What are the Polar Regions?!Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratoryscience, earth and space, electromagnetismLongYES!English, Japanesehttp://www.stelab.nagoya-u.ac.jp/ste-www1/doce/outreach.html
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What is the Upper Atmosphere?!Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratoryscience, earth and space, electromagnetismLongYES!English, Japanesehttp://www.stelab.nagoya-u.ac.jp/ste-www1/doce/outreach.html
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What is the Sun-Climate Relationship?Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratoryscience, earth and space, electromagnetismLongYES!English, Japanesehttp://www.stelab.nagoya-u.ac.jp/ste-www1/doce/outreach.html
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Mind ControllersNineteen Letters LongbehaviorShortYES!Englishhttp://nineteenletterslong.com/087/mind-controllers/
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BoxplotMaki Naroscience, biology, chemistry, geology, paleontologyShort - MediumYES!Englishhttp://www.popsci.com/blog-network/boxplot
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Science Stories: Amazing Tales from Rothamsted Research Labscience, biology, entomology, insectsMediumYES!Englishhttp://www.elliott-design.com/science.htmlThis online comic book features five stories based on insect research. Kid-safe but with middle- to high school-level content and vocabulary.
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Bird and Moonscience, biologyShortYES!Englishhttp://birdandmoon.com/"Science and nature cartoons."
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The Adventures of Archibald Higginsscience, physicsLongYES!English, French, Italian, German, Polish,Portugese, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Catalan, Turkish, Serbian...http://www.savoir-sans-frontieres.com/JPP/telechargeables/free_downloads_english.htmYou'll need to be brave to navigate this website. Try ctrl F to find your language of choice. The originals are in French and there has been a huge effort to translate these into many languages.
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Beatrice the BiologistKatiescience, biologyShortYES!Englishhttp://www.beatricebiologist.com/
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**(Various)Dwayne Godwinscience, biology, the brain, MediumYES!http://www.scientificamerican.com/author/dwayne-godwin/
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Classical ComicsEnglish, literature, readingLongYES!Englishhttp://www.classicalcomics.com/education/freedownloads.htmlFour works of Shakespere in comic book form.
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Upturned MicroscopeNikeducation, academiaShortYES!Englishhttp://theupturnedmicroscope.com/Short comics poke fun at the academic life.
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The Manga Guide to CalculusNo Starch Pressmath, calculusLongNoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/manga-guide-to-calculus/oclc/695930118&referer=brief_results
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The Manga Guide to PhysicsHideo Nitta, Keita Takatsuscience, physicsLongNoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/manga-guide-to-physics/oclc/428740696&referer=brief_results
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The Manga Guide to Linear AlgebraShin Takahashi, Iroha Inouemath, linear algebraLongNoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/manga-guide-to-linear-algebra/oclc/761852122&referer=brief_results
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The Manga Guide to Molecular BiologyMasaharu Takemurascience, biologyLongNoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/manga-guide-to-molecular-biology/oclc/316824514&referer=brief_resultsYou'll learn all about the organelles and proteins inside cells, and how they support cellular functions; the processes of transcription and translation, and your genes' role in synthesizing proteins; the pieces that make up our genetic code, like nucleotides, codons, introns, and exons; the processes of DNA replication, mitosis and cytokinesis; and genetic terminology like transduction and cloning, and the role of molecular biology in medicine.
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The Manga Guide to BiochemistryMasaharu Takemura, Kikuyarōscience, biology, chemistry, biochemistryLongNoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/manga-guide-to-biochemistry/oclc/767254632&referer=brief_resultsThis volume begins with a discussion of the cells that make up living beings, as well as the basics of protein synthesis, metabolism, energy production, and photosynthesis. It goes on to cover ecosystems and material cycles; the mechanisms of respiration; lipids, cholesterol, and blood types; and the roles and structures of enzymes and proteins.
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The Manga Guide to the UniverseKenji Ishikawascience, earth and spaceLongNoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/manga-guide-to-the-universe/oclc/406945555&referer=brief_resultsIntroduces such concepts as dark matter, cosmic expansion, and the big bang.
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The Cartoon Guide to GeneticsLarry Gonick; Mark Wheelisscience, biology, geneticsLongNoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/cartoon-guide-to-genetics/oclc/24357817&referer=brief_resultsProvides a humorous introduction to the fundamental principles of genetics, including inheritance, mutation, DNA, and gene splicing.
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The Cartoon Guide to PhysicsLarry Gonick; Art Huffmanscience, physicsLongNoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/cartoon-guide-to-physics/oclc/21976562&referer=brief_results
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The Cartoon History of the Universe (Volume 3)Larry GonickhistoryLongNoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/cartoon-history-of-the-universe/oclc/20422771&referer=brief_resultsSpanning ages and continents from Ancient India to Rome and China in A.D. 600
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The Cartoon History of the Universe (Volume 1)Larry GonickhistoryLongNoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/cartoon-history-of-the-universe-volumes-1-7-from-the-big-bang-to-alexander-the-great/oclc/49747633&referer=brief_resultsFrom the Big Bang to Alexander the Great
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The Cartoon History of the Universe (Volume 2)Larry GonickhistoryLongNoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/cartoon-history-of-the-universe-ii-volumes-8-13-from-the-springtime-of-china-to-the-fall-of-rome-india-too/oclc/31307767&referer=brief_resultsFrom the springtime of China to the fall of Rome
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Cartoon PhysicsEric Millsscience, physicsMediumYES!Englishhttp://cartoonphysics.net/
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***Adventures in Depression (Part 1)Hyperbole and a Halfpsychology, mental healthLongYES!Englishhttp://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2011/10/adventures-in-depression.htmlHailed as the most accurate description of depression in comic form.
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The AbominableCharles ChristopherEnglish, readingLongYES!Englishhttp://abominable.cc/post/44164796353/episode-oneAn abominable man lives in the forest with friends.
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**Ellie on Planet XJames AndersonEnglish, readingLongYES!Englishhttp://ellieonplanetx.com/comic/ellie/The story of a robot on a scientific mission.
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Carly's Adventures in Wasp LandCarly Tribullscience, biology, insects, entomologyLongYES!Englishhttp://www.amnh.org/ology/features/wonderfulworldofwasps/comic/index.php
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The Amazing Adventures of AstrobioBot!science, earth and spaceLongYES!Englishhttp://www.astrobio.net/index.php?option=com_comicsThis series of Astrobio Comics tells the tale of an exploration mission - all through the eyes of a little robotic instrument and his journey to becoming a full-fledged Astrobiology adventurer.
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Science CartoonsJay Hoslerscience, biologyMediumYES!Englishhttp://www.jayhosler.com/Sciencecartoons.html
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Clan ApisJay Hoslerscience, biology, insects, entomology, beesLongNoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/clan-apis/oclc/43762256&referer=brief_resultsA graphic novel that tells the life story of a young bee named Nyuki, showing the structure of life in a beehive and the struggles bees face to survive. Also includes an educational section on bee anatomy and behavior, and an extra comic on the bee sting allergy.
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Sandwalk AdventuresJay Hoslerscience, biology, evolutionLongNoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/sandwalk-adventures/oclc/52346678&referer=brief_resultsDarwin engages in discussions with follicle mites that live in his left eyebrow. The mites believe Darwin is a god, one of the myths they have handed down from generation to generation. Darwin sets them straight about that and other mite fables as well.
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Hark! A VagrantKate Beatonhistory, literatureShortYES!Englishhttp://harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=35These short comics poke fun at personalities from history and literature.
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Tree LobstersscienceShortYES!Englishhttp://www.treelobsters.com/2013/08/505-open-plan.html
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Mantris ShrimpThe Oatmealscience, biologyMediumYES!Englishhttp://theoatmeal.com/comics/mantis_shrimp
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* I made these! :)Science ComixWinifred Kehlscience, biologyMediumYES!Englishhttp://sciencecomix.com/
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T-Minus: The Race to the MoonJim Ottaviani, Zander Cannon, Kevin Cannonscience, earth and spaceLongNoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/t-minus-the-race-to-the-moon/oclc/233544936&referer=brief_resultsThe whole world followed the countdown to sending the first men to the moon. This is the story of the people who made it happen, both in the rockets and behind the scenes.
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Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder LizardsJim Ottavianiand Big Time Atticscience, paleontology, history of scienceLongNoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/bone-sharps-cowboys-and-thunder-lizards-a-tale-of-edwin-drinker-cope-othniel-charles-marsh-and-the-gilded-age-of-paleontology/oclc/62186178&referer=brief_resultsThis is the story of Edwin Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, two scientists who found and fought for the bones exposed by the excavation of the Railroad company's westward expansion, and the artist Charles R. Knight who almost single-handedly brought dinosaurs back to life for an awestruck public.
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***Relish: My Life in the KitchenLucy KnisleyEnglish, reading, foodLongNoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/relish-my-life-in-the-kitchen/oclc/794367485&referer=brief_results"Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe-- many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy's original inventions"
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**Fun HomeAlison BechdelEnglish, reading, psychology, LGBTLongNoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/fun-home-a-family-tragicomic/oclc/62127870&referer=brief_resultsThis book takes its place alongside the unnerving, memorable, darkly funny family memoirs of Augusten Burroughs and Mary Karr. It's a father-daughter tale perfectly suited to the graphic memoir form. Meet Alison's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family's Victorian house, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with male students and a family babysitter. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, we are drawn into a daughter's complex yearning for her father.
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***StitchesDavid SmallEnglish, reading, psychologyLongNoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/stitches-a-memoir/oclc/317473464&referer=brief_resultsFinalist for the 2009 National Book Award and finalist for two 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards: the prize-winning children's author depicts a childhood from hell in this searing yet redemptive graphic memoir. One day David Small awoke from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he had been transformed into a virtual mute. A vocal cord removed, his throat slashed and stitched together like a bloody boot, the fourteen-year-old boy had not been told that he had cancer and was expected to die.
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Suspended in Language: Niels Bohr's life, discoveries, and the century he shapedJim Ottaviani and Lelan Purvisscience, history of science, physics, quantum mechanicsLongNoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/suspended-in-language-niels-bohrs-life-discoveries-and-the-century-he-shaped/oclc/55739245&referer=brief_resultsA biography of twentieth-century Danish physicist Niels Bohr, the father of quantum mechanics, in comic-book format
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Weird Weather: Everything you didn't know about climage change but probably should find outKate Evansscience, climate science, climate changeLongNoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/weird-weather-everything-you-didnt-want-to-know-about-climate-change-but-probably-should-find-out/oclc/81601231&referer=brief_resultsThis quirky comic provides an overview of climate change, along with the message to do something about it.
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***Trinity : a graphic history of the first atomic bombJonathan Fetter-Vorm; Hill and Wang.; Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.science, history, history of science, atom bomb, World WarLongNoEnglishhttp://www.worldcat.org/title/trinity-a-graphic-history-of-the-first-atomic-bomb/oclc/752471723&referer=brief_resultsHighly recommended
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Amoeba SistersscienceShortYES!Englishwww.AmoebaSisters.blogspot.com
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Are You My Mother?Alison Bechdelpsychology, mental healthLongNoEnglishA complex, "heavy" read, this graphic novel examines Bechdel's relationship with her mother--but ends up being very self reflective. Interspersed with dreams and sections of psycho analysis, Are You My Mother? dives deep into the inner life of the author.
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