Sunday Comics | NASA’s STEM comic lifts off with a second issue

Today we look at webcomics by PJ Holden, Grant Snider, Melanine Gillman and more.

Here’s a round up of some of the best and most interesting comics we’ve seen online recently. If we missed something, let us know in the comments below.

NASA launched a digital comic back in 2021 about a fictional astronaut named Callie Rodriguez, the first woman to walk on the moon. Now the second issue has made landing on their website, where it can be read or downloaded.

The story is meant to inspire “the next generation of explorers,” which NASA has dubbed the Artemis Generation, as they work on a real-life project to land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon.

“Callie is an inspirational character for underrepresented communities and, as a person of Indian descent with young children, I deeply understand the power of a diverse fanbase seeing a place for themselves within our ambitious missions. To solve the many challenges of sustainable lunar exploration, we need innovative ideas from diverse sources and non-traditional communities,” said Dr. Prasun Desai, acting associate administrator of the Space Technology Mission Directorate in a press rekease. “We continue that aspirational theme with our second issue, diving further into the crew’s complex mission and personal backgrounds while expanding a wealth of interactive, multilingual science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content across our digital platforms.”

The comic is written by Brad Gann and Steven List, with artwork by Brent Donoho and Kaitlin Reid. You can find both issues on the NASA site.

November is Poetry Comics Month, and Grant Snider once again celebrates with a series of poetry comics on his website, his newsletter and social media. He’s even welcoming some special guests this year, like cartoonist Madeleine Jubilee Saito.

If you’re a regular reader of Snider’s work, you know his comics always have a poetic quality to them, but this month he really goes all out. You can also purchase some of his poetry comics in physical form, in the appropriately titled Poetry Comics.

Last month artist PJ Holden (The Lion and the Eagle) launched a project on his website called Null Space, where he’s drawing short comics written by “a stellar cast of writers from all genres of fiction.” Thus far he has drawn stories by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Tade Thompson, Chrissy Williams (probably my favorite one so far), Sarah L. Miles, Lizbeth Myles and Gareth L. Powell. Each posting includes not only the comic, but also the author’s script, which is fun to see.

As the Crow Flies creator Melanie Gillman regularly participates in 24-Hour Comic Day, which occurs in early October, but this year the creator was a little late with their contribution. But hey — it was worth the wait! On Tumblr, Gillman shared the first chapter of The Goblin Throne, a new 27 page horror comic that they plan to continue next year.

Juan Santapau is a cartoonist from Chile who posts short comics under the banner of The Secret Knots. You can also find them on Webtoon, Tapas and Globalcomix. His latest is titled “How We Forgot Ursulla Miller,” and it’s about “vampires, celebrities and a possible way back to some peace of mind.” (I’m also a big fan of “The Unseen,” but all of his comics are worth checking out).

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