2016-2017 USAP Field Season
Antarctica comics project: A look at the science in Antarctica through the eyes of a comic book artist
Undefined Maris Wicks
Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
The proposed project is the creation of a 200+ page graphic novel that highlights the six major disciplines studied in Antarctica: Astrophysics and Geospace Sciences, Organisms and Ecosystems, Integrated System Science, Earth Sciences, Glaciology, and Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences. Within each of these six disciplines, the artist will engage with the research team and will directly observe and document their research. The experiences of the artist in Antarctica will serve as a connecting narrative for the book, allowing readers to witness the science from a first-person perspective. The artist’s aim is to give an overview of each discipline, and to emphasize the importance of each field’s research both locally and globally.
Field Season Overview
The artist will deploy to McMurdo Station to observe scientists and their projects. Her work will be a combination of person-to-person interactions (interviews, conversations), documentation (photography, notes, field sketches), and preliminary research. The artist has confirmed participation from the Principal Investigator’s (PIs) of the following groups: A-123-M (Chu), A-343-M (Conde), B-031-M (Ainley), B-043-M (Bowser), C-384-M (Bell), C-507-M (Wall), and G-081-M (Kyle).
Deploying Team Members