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Stories by Katie McKissick

Women in Science Illustrations

Women in Science Illustrations

One of the many reasons I love tumblr is that I find amazing artists like Rachel Ignotofsky. She’s a graphic designer and illustrator currently working at Hallmark Greetings by day and as a freelance illustrator by night...

December 11, 2014 — Katie McKissick
Thanksgiving Species

Thanksgiving Species

I am a big fan of the holiday known as Thanksgiving. While it has questionable historical roots, it’s now an excuse to spend the whole day cooking food, drinking good wine, and hanging out...

November 25, 2014 — Katie McKissick
Get Your Flu Shot

Get Your Flu Shot

In the past here on Symbiartic, Glendon Mellow has discussed the importance of choosing effective images when sharing pro-vaccine messaging.

November 5, 2014 — Katie McKissick
Panic Viruses

Panic Viruses

In the midst of what has been dubbed “ebolanoia,” many are flashing back to the response (or lack thereof in some cases) to the rise of AIDS in the 1980s and 90s.

October 27, 2014 — Katie McKissick

Aren't Cancer Cells the Worst?

I try to find humor in some unfunny places, but I was never sure how to approach cancer. I first did a comic about cancer genes for my book What’s in Your Genes?, which seems to find the happy place between facts and silliness...

October 21, 2014 — Katie McKissick
What Happens When a Science Cartoonist Paints

What Happens When a Science Cartoonist Paints

I’m all about the science comics and cartoony illustrations, but just like Kalliopi said yesterday, sometimes we science artists like to mix it up.

September 27, 2014 — Katie McKissick
Underground Beauty

Underground Beauty

On Symbiartic, September is a month-long celebration of science artists called the SciArt Blitz. A different science artist is featured each day, so head over and check out the latest from the science art world...

September 8, 2014 — Katie McKissick

Agroecosystems, Illustrated

I didn’t set out to draw science comics; I wanted to be an all-around science communicator. I just happened to find my voice with comics.

August 26, 2014 — Katie McKissick
Octomonth Belongs to the Octopus

Octomonth Belongs to the Octopus

Over at Octopus Chronicles, Katherine Harmon Courage commemorated the eighth day of the eighth month with eight hiding octopuses. Let’s keep the octomonth celebrations going in honor of everyone’s favorite invertebrate...

August 12, 2014 — Katie McKissick
More Science Merit Badges

More Science Merit Badges

I did a round of science merit badges earlier this month celebrating people’s understanding and appreciation of evolution, vaccines, and climate change.

July 23, 2014 — Katie McKissick
Science Merit Badges

Science Merit Badges

I was only in the Girl Scouts for a few years, but I really like the idea of merit badges: you do a task, master a skill, learn something new, and you get a physical token of your achievement to display on a sash...

July 11, 2014 — Katie McKissick

Don't Be a Water Jerk

California is in the throes a serious drought, but driving around Los Angeles, you wouldn’t know it. Lush, green lawns. Sprinklers going off in the middle of the afternoon when much of the water will just evaporate...

June 24, 2014 — Katie McKissick
There is No Art Without Death

There is No Art Without Death

I hear it’s called “death acceptance”: I’m not afraid of dying and being forgotten someday. So when I read about a company called Eterni.me in February of this year, I was as creeped out as anyone...

June 16, 2014 — Katie McKissick
How Gluten Feels About All This

How Gluten Feels About All This

Elective gluten free dieting is all the rage these days–as opposed to people with Celiac disease who have needed to avoid gluten all along to avoid a serious autoimmune reaction.

May 22, 2014 — Katie McKissick
Science Board Games, Episode 1

Science Board Games, Episode 1

I do enjoy a good board game night with friends, and if the game we’re playing happens to be science-themed, I’m just about as happy as can be.

May 9, 2014 — Katie McKissick
Carly Tribull’s Entomology Comics

Carly Tribull’s Entomology Comics

I got to know Carly Tribull’s amazing work when we both contributed to the ant comic anthology, Myrmex. She is a PhD student at the American Museum of Natural History in New York who also draws science comics about insects...

April 3, 2014 — Katie McKissick
Science, Comics, and Adventure!

Science, Comics, and Adventure!

When I was a science teacher, I was always on the lookout for narrative stories that revolve around science. Our brains are wired to learn from stories, after all, so I was always astounded by the scarcity of good science-y stories...

March 28, 2014 — Katie McKissick
Comics Go to College

Comics Go to College

As a former high school science teacher who now draws science comics, I (obviously) think they can be a useful teaching tool. I get frequent messages from teachers who use them in the classrooms to excite their students and maybe (just maybe!) lower their anxiety level about science...

March 21, 2014 — Katie McKissick
What’s in Your Genes?

What’s in Your Genes?

I got the rare opportunity to write a book about science in my silly (perhaps crazy) way: with jokes, bizarre analogies, and drawings! It’s called What’s in Your Genes?

February 24, 2014 — Katie McKissick
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