FCBD Preview: Maris Wicks Reveals the Majesty of Coral Reefs in Science Comics

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How are you spending May 7, 2016? If you answered anything other than enjoying the sequential art Bacchanlia of Free Comic Book Day, please get yourself to a comic book purveyor to receive some amazing pro bono funny books.

Once there, you’ll find such wonders as Jon Chad and Maris Wicks’ Science Comics, a sampling of publisher First Second’s new series that explores the natural world through the eyes of whimsical and talented cartoonists. Last fall, Wicks introduced young readers to the ever-complex, singing, dancing components of anatomy in Human Body Theater, and she employs a similar balance of quirk and insight in her contribution to Science Comics, featuring the kaleidoscopic, submerged beauty of Coral Reefs and the threats they face.

Wicks knows her marine biology esoterica—she served as a program educator at the New England Aquarium and also scuba dives around the Bahamas and snorkels in the Red Sea to compile data on marine biology. Her party chatter puts us all to shame.

Check out a sample of Science Comics: Coral Reefs, Cities of the Ocean below, and head over to a comic store participating in Free Comic Book Day to get the full issue, which also includes some volcano spelunking from Jon Chad.

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Free Comic Book Day Science Comics Interior Art by Maris Wicks

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Free Comic Book Day Science Comics Interior Art by Maris Wicks

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Free Comic Book Day Science Comics Interior Art by Maris Wicks

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Free Comic Book Day Science Comics Interior Art by Maris Wicks

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Free Comic Book Day Science Comics Interior Art by Maris Wicks

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