Environmental Tales Told in Panels

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018
Environmental Tales Told in Panels

How else might we engage with information about energy, climate change, and environmental issues? With the CENHS Energy Humanities Collection at Rice University’s Fondren library, fellows have been interested in finding creative pieces to add to our collection from graphic novels to cartography. To jumpstart your interest in climate change, energy, and environmental comics, below are just a few of many graphic novels we enjoy. Happy reading!

On Climate Change:

Climate Changed. 2014. Philippe Squarzoni. Harry Abrams Press.

When the scale of climate change seems too daunting, Climate Changed helps to reorient ourselves through investigative journalism, scientific research, and our favorite, pictures.

IDP 2043. 2014. Denise Mina. Freight Books.

Imagine Scotland twenty-five years into the future; what does it look like? IDP 2043 shows us several possibilities under melting ice caps, rising sea levels, technofixes, and more.

The Rime of the Modern Mariner. 2012. Nick Hayes. Viking Press.

An adaptation to the eco-fable The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the graphic novel The Rime of the Modern Mariner is set in the North Atlantic Garbage Patch, questioning our relationship and responsibility to seas and bodies of water.

On Activism:

Concrete Volume 5: Think Like a Mountain2006. Paul Chadwick. Dark Horse.

Part of a larger series about a character named Concrete, Think Like a Mountain is just one of several riveting, beautiful, and intelligent graphic novels in the series. Radical environmentalists are seeking to save an old-growth forest, where the character Concrete, part human and part rock, struggles with his conscience to take action in environmental justice.

Picket Line. 2011. Breena Wiederhoeft.

A story about a battle between land developers and environmental activists, Picket Line follows a woman on a quest to do the right thing, and find meaning and belonging in the Redwoods.

On Energy:

Fallout: J. Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard, and the Political Science of the Atomic Bomb.Jim Ottaviana. 2001. G.T. Labs Press.

Fallout takes you through the journey of building the atomic bomb with particular attention to the two scientists themselves: J. Robert Oppenheimer and Leo Szilard. Furthermore, the author himself has a masters degree in nuclear engineering. Get started and read the first chapter here!

Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb. 2013. Jonathan Fetter-Vorm. Hill and Wang Press.

Trinity explores the race to build the first atomic bomb. From inside the laboratories to inside a nuclear nuclear reaction, Trinity is a thought provoking and an exciting insight to the scale of the atomic bomb.

Barefoot Gen, Vol. 1,2,3,4: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima. 2015. Keiji Nakasawa. Last Gasp Press.

On the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Last Gasp books re-released the Barefoot Gen series, where author Keiji Nakasawa tells a series of moving stories about Hiroshima survivors and their lives as nuclear outcasts and refugees.

The CENHS Energy Humanities Collection continues to look for more exciting and creative works to add to our growing index. Please send us any suggestions or works that come to mind!