Panel Borders: Parasites, stem cells and microbes!

Panel Borders: Parasites, stem cells and microbes!

Continuing our series of shows looking at depictions of illness and medicine in sequential art, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Edward Ross and Sci-Fi novelist Ken MacLeod about their comic Hope Beyond Hype, an educational title about “stem cell therapies from lab bench to hospital bedside”, funded by the European Community Research and Development Information Service. Edward also discusses his other medical comics Parasites! and Malaria: The battle against a microscopic killer, while Ken talks about the similarities between comics and science-fiction novels as a way of presenting science fact to the general public.

Originally broadcast Monday 10th June, 2013 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)

100 tiny moments no.80 by Edward Ross / Malaria by Ross and Jamie Hall / Hope beyond hype by Ross, Ken MacLeod and others

100 tiny moments no.80 by Edward Ross / Malaria by Ross and Jamie Hall / Hope beyond hype by Ross, Ken MacLeod and others

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Links: Hope beyond hype / Malaria comics
Info about Parasites comic on Edward’s blog and PDF download
Edward Ross’ website and 100 Tiny Moments webcomic

Ken MacLeod’s blog
mp3 recordings of Battle of Ideas debates with Ken Macleod: Frankenstein’s Daughters (2009) / Banning the Brave New World (2012)

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