Science Tales

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June 2013

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“Graphic journalism at its very best.” – Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier

The first edition of Darryl Cunningham’s
Science Tales was published in 2012 and shortlisted for the British Comics Awards ‘Best Book’. This new edition has been updated to include a clinical exposé of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and its political framework in the UK and USA.

A graphic milestone of investigative reporting, Cunningham’s essays explode the lies, hoaxes and scams of popular science, debunking media myths and decoding some of today’s most fiercely-debated issues: climate change, electroconvulsive therapy, the moon landing, the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine, homeopathy, chiropractic, evolution, science denialism and, new for this edition, fracking.

Thoroughly researched and sourced, Cunningham’s clear narrative, graphic lines and photographic illustration explain complicated and controversial issues with deceptive ease.

“New revised edition including an extended chapter on fracking, which for those not familiar with the term is slang for a relatively new gas and oil extraction technique, which has revitalised the fossil fuel industry in recent years. It’s clear this is a topic Darryl is especially passionate about exploring as he goes into great detail eloquently explaining the technique for the lay person, weighing up the technical pros and cons, before getting into his real concerns on the matter” – Jonathan, Page45 comic shop

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Scott McCloud

•Author of Understanding Comics

“Darryl Cunningham continues his comics crusade to untangle lies, myths, and misconceptions. As usual, he does so with wit, charm, and quiet persistence.”

The New Scientist

•Science and technology magazine

“Cunningham's charming artwork complements his concise arguments on climate change, the first moon landing and homeopathy, among other subjects. He consistently champions the scientific method over all forms of quackery, and his stark lines and simple layouts give his comic the feel of a scientific analysis. The artwork is uncluttered, leaving little to distract the reader from the exposition, delivered in stripped-back, staccato prose.” – Cian O’Luanaigh

The Observer

•British Sunday newspaper

“Darryl Cunningham ... takes a view on such knotty issues as homeopathy and the MMR vaccine, sorting facts from fiction and presenting complex information in a highly accessible way.” – Killian Fox