Year: 2012

Have a brainy Xmas

Neurocomic Xmas Farinella

In a few days I’m flying to Italy. I’m going to take a short break from comics and focus on my thesis, but before I go I made this little card to thank all of you who supported me so far. This has been an incredibly good year (for me in general and for Neurocomic in particular) but it looks like next year is going to be even better! Have a good time and see you all soon.


Little Albert Experiment

Thanks to everyone who came to play with Neurocomic at the first Imperial Fringe night! (it was really fun to draw zombie comics with you kids)

In case you couldn’t make it, here is the science-horror comic we were giving away.

We still have a few copies left so if you want some for your Halloween party let me know.

Farinella - Little Albert Experiment

Farinella - Little Albert Experiment

Farinella - Little Albert Experiment

Farinella - Little Albert Experiment

Farinella - Little Albert Experiment

Farinella - Little Albert Experiment

PS: someone the other night was asking me what happened to Watson and Little Albert after the experiment. Well, here is a more complete (and possibly even more terrifying!) version of the story.

The Water Cycle

It is again that time of the year when I have to draw something for my favourite Italian fanzine. The topic of the next issue is cycle and once again it inspired me a sad love story (with a scientific twist). It also gave me an opportunity to experiment a little bit with what I call hypercomics. Although, since last Wednesday Randall Munroe published click and drag this word assumed a whole new meaning. If you haven’t seen it yet I strongly recommend you to take a few minutes to explore this comic masterpiece. But first of all, enjoy The Water Cycle:

Water Cycle(click on the picture to enlarge it and read it full size)

Still life with pyramidal neuron

Matteo Farinella Opioid Receptors

Here is a neuroscience illustration which I realized for the first issue of Ionic Magazine (soon to be published). I’m really looking forward to this amazing project, which asked artists to interpret and illustrate some interesting science articles (the one assigned to me was about opioid receptors, the secret of pleasure and pain).

I will bring this, together with some Neurocomic originals at the Thinking through Drawing exhibition, at Wimbledon College from the 12th to the 14th of September. Come and say “hello”, if you’re around.

NOTE (for the fussy scientists): I’m aware that these are normal poppies, rather than Papaver somniferum but I am taking an artistic licence here, roll with it.

Science Museum Comics

I have started a collaboration with Jared Keller, from the Science Museum. He is going to write a series of 6 short articles about some of the best kept secrets of the museum, and I am going to illustrate each one of them. The first piece is about an amazing automated fire-burglar alarm from 1939.


I am not going to post all the drawings here, so if you want to be updated about old-fashioned science marvels follow me on twitter or read the Science Museum Blog (which is always a good idea, anyway).

Multi-Scale Modelling

Multi-Scale Modeling

As anticipated this blog is into a stall, while all my drawing time goes in to neurocomic these days.

However I won’t miss a good chance to combine art and science: so here is a poster commissioned to me by some friends at the university of Lübeck, who are organizing a workshop on Multi-Scale Modelling with python and GENESIS 3

I hope this manages to make the field of computational neuroscience more aesthetically appealing, and if you’re in to it don’t miss the excellent workshop (3 – 8 September 2012).