Yes, QESST has comic book artists among its ranks of awesome scholars! Here are some examples — look out for Outreach Book V.2 and for more updates on this website to see more work by our scientist-artists!

QESST encourages the creation and collection of graphic-novel and comic-style writing, because it capitalizes on the power of this text type to engage youth in science ideas (Hosler & Boomer, 2011; Lin, Lin, Lee & Yore, 2015).

If you want to read a printed version of the comic-books, use the attached pdf documents.


A Bilingual Solar Story

In this comic for young children, Sammy the Silicon tells the story of how he became a solar cell. Written in English and Japanese by two participants in QESST Summer Research Experience program.

Download FOLDABLE version of A Bilingual Solar Energy Story here



Joy Reeves wrote this Heliora comic as a high school student. She currently attends Duke University where she majors in Environmental Science and Policy. She has always been interested in alternative energy, and her dream is to work in the solar industry one day. She plans to continue her Heliora comic series as educational outreach materials for young learners).


Capturing a Ray of Sun

Syeda Quidsia wrote this comic as part of her masters thesis entitled, Chemical Functionalization of Graphene Oxide for Solar Cell Applications, completed under the direction of Dr. Zakir Hussain for the School of Chemical and Materials Engineering (SCME) at the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan, May 2017. Syeda also participated in the US-PCASE program, studying under the direction of Dr. Zachary Holman in Fall 2016.

Excerpted with permission from her thesis submitted May, 2017 in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Science (MS) in Nanoscience and Engineering School of Chemical and Materials Engineering (SCME), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), H-12, Islamabad, Pakistan; Supervisor: Dr. Zakir Hussain

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Drawn Futures: Arizona 2045

Drawn Futures: Arizona 2045 is a science-based comic book for 5th through 8th grade students from ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination. Created by award-winning comics authors and advised by ASU senior sustainability scholar Dr. Paul Hirt, this original story envisions the near future of Arizona’s energy systems. The comic was designed to align with Arizona State Standards and is freely downloadable at the Center for Science and the Imagination webpage