Posts Tagged ‘space’

Laika Lives!

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Laika may have been the first animal to orbit the Earth, but there was no way to bring her back down safely, which also makes her the first to die in space—meaning that Nick Abadzis’ graphic novel account of her life doesn’t have a happy ending, upsetting a great deal of people. Some, including filmmakers, have questioned if the book needed to end that way, if there wasn’t some way to make the ending less depressing:

Filmmakers often get in touch, wondering whether there might be a way of presenting a version with a more positive spin to it. Well, of course there is, but then you’d be changing history, or at least blunting the truth of what took place that day in 1957, and unfortunately, you can’t change history, not one line.

Though history can’t be changed and the book will stay true to events, Abadzis is willing to play a game of “what if?” with Laika, honoring the 25th anniversary of Big Planet Comics in Washington, DC with a series of alternate endings dubbed “The Alternate Endings to Laika Show.”

So far two strips have been put up, both presenting stories that aren’t entirely implausible, but still vary widely from the truth in ensuring that little Laika survives.

(via The Beat)

To the Moon and Back

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Some people, despite all evidence to the contrary, will still believe what they believe. That includes conspiracies, usually involving the government in way, like 9/11 or the Kennedy assassination. Another favorite of conspiracy theorists is the moon landing—forty-one years later, some people maintain that the entire thing was a hoax, filmed on some sound stage in Hollywood.

But as Darryl Cunningham, author of Psychiatric Tales, asserts, these claims are easily refuted. And then he clearly lays it out in comic format, using photography and his unique art style to create a comic that is simple to follow.

One of the things I appreciated was how he indicates who is talking—him or the conspiracy theorists—via the background color of the caption, using a lighter azure for the theorist questions and a darker slate blue for his answers.

The moon landing isn’t Cunningham’s first or only target; you can also read his investigations of homeopathy and Dr. Andrew Wakefield (source of most of the vaccine-autism controversy). All of these are intended as chapters of an ongoing book about science, so there will definitely be more, and most likely will appear in an eventual collection.