Sunday, November 29, 2020

Biology Lab MiniComic (Make your own!)

For Inktober 2020 I selected a few of the lab classes taught at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and illustrated them using a variety of mammals in place of students...I called it the Labtober Project and it was featured on the Cal Poly News page. These are classes and student experiences that couldn't happen due to the pandemic.  (See the whole series on Instagram @himelblog.)

Here are the materials and instructions to make your own 16-page Cal Poly Biology Mini Comic.

1) Download two PDFs

2) Print the PDFs at actual size on 8.5 x 11 paper. Print at 100% size. Don't reduce or use the 'resize to fit media' option.

3) Follow the folding instructions in the video below or on this page.

Here are some of the drawings:

BIO 441: Bioinformatics. It doesn't matter if you are small...if you can code you are mighty!

BIO 162: Introduction to Organismal Form and Function. When learning about animal metabolism it is useful to compare the extremes of body we talk a lot about the mouse and the elephant.  So here they are together working on the the plant hormone lab activity.

BIO 323: Ornithology.  Keep your eyes peeled for those birds!

BIO 321: Mammalogy.  After drawing mammals for all of October and November this had to be the final drawing.  There are two versions of this 'group photo'...the serious one and the silly one.

Monday, September 7, 2020

100th Cartoon for Promega

 I started publishing my cartoons on the website of the Promega Corporation in 1999.  A few months ago we passed a milestone...100 molecular biology cartoons!

Sara Klink at Promega asked me to pick a few cartoons and share the stories behind them.  IT was published a few months ago on Promega Connections.

See the cartoons and read the full interview here.