Hey, I have a new short comic in the latest issue of LÖK ZINE on the theme of TRIAL/PROVA. It is a sci-fi story about automation, free-will and artificial superintelligence, partly inspired by future scenarios described in Nick Bostrom‘s Superintelligence and partly by a talk I have seen recently about the Three Mile Island incident.
If you are curious about it you should order a copy of LÖK #09. I still haven’t checked out the latest issue but it’s usually packed with experimental comic goodness from all over the world!
The leaves are starting to turn in New York and so I have decided to dig out this double page spread that I made last Fall.
This was meant as the opening for a short story about a chlorophyll molecule which, as the season changes, has to abandon the the leaf-farms and embark on a long trip to the tree-castle. I eventually abandoned the project, but in weekends like this I still like the idea of a medieval-fantasy plants biology comic.
For a long time I meant to write something about the troubled history of the Human Brain Project, the EU flagship project which promises to create a computer simulation of the human brain by 2023. I am interested in this project partly because computational neuroscience was the subject of my PhD and partly because I think it raises many important questions regarding scientific funding.
When last year Graphic-News asked me to draw an article for them I immediately suggested this topic and here is my first piece of graphic journalism! Now finally available also in English:
(Full disclosure: I am one of the scientists who signed the open letter to ask for revisions of the HBP project).
I spent the best part of the week drawing a 6-pages comic to submit to the Stripburger open call. It’s a science-fiction story with much more ‘fiction’ than ‘science’ (for once) which I wrote a long time ago and it was really good to get out of my system. It features comets, an evil scientist and some kind of love… it’s a metaphor for how science, in its attempt to control the universe, sometimes forgets about human emotions. I hope you will be able to read it in print soon, in the meanwhile here is the cover:
This is a page from my latest comic, you can read it in full on my new website. Yes, I have a new website! Also the blog has a new design, did you notice? This is all part of my new year resolution of becoming a professional cartoonist. Sadly the truth is that I am still working full-time as a research scientist. But starting from next month I already have some interesting commissions and many other projects lined up. So watch this space, this time I mean it.
I wrote this short comic for the Spring issue of Reader’s Bench (page 96-97). If you happen to read Italian you should download the free magazine, full of short stories, reviews and other good stuff. Watch out for Spring!
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.
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.
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:
(click on the picture to enlarge it and read it full size)