May 10, 2010

Page 100 of "The Selfish Gene"

I heard about this fun idea from comic artist Jason Turner called The Page 100 Project. His idea is to adapt page 100 of any novel into a comic. I've long wanted to make a cartoony version of some science writing so I turned to a classic by Richard Dawkins, "The Selfish Gene". I don't know if Mr. Dawkins would approve, but I sure enjoyed doing it.

13 comments:

Joe Lee said...

haha thats quite interesting! never would have thought id see a richard dawkins inspired comic. really well done and entertaining!

Mark Oftedal said...

Thanks Joe. On thing I learned is that if you really want to make a comic out of science writing, you probably ought to edit some of the big words out. "A gene predisposing its possessors..." etc, is a bit of a mouthful for a word balloon.

Grzegorz Dalek said...
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Grzegorz Dalek said...

That's pretty badass! I like the character designs a lot, simple and funny. After AM i'll surely go back to drawing and try to do something as well. When I was a kid I loved to sketch and draw comics(i still have one I did in elementary school about zombie invasion) and I highly regret I stopped when I went to technical school. I love Eisner and Keith Thompson comics the most, they rock.

Mark Oftedal said...

Yeah Greg, keep up the drawing-- it'll help you in your animation for sure. Thanks for the comments!

Anonymous said...

Good one Mark - just stumbled onto this entirely randomly!

Gary

nate v said...

this is great! high school science textbooks should have little comics like these after all the big word science jargon.

Mark Oftedal said...

Nice idea, Nate!

Alina Chau said...

Awesome page!

Sal said...

Hey Mark. Im a student at Animation Mentor and I just saw your short film 4pm in one of our lectures and I have to say - it completely blew me away. Your short was truely inspiring to a student like me. I know you have probably heard this alot but it is an absolute brilliant piece of animation.
:)

Alina Chau said...
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Mark Oftedal said...

Sal, thanks for the compliments about my short! See you around campus...

Alina, somehow I missed your comment until now. Thanks, I checked out your blog and holy cow- your stuff is great!

Benjamin said...

It looks so easy to you this comic stuff!! very pleasant colors and comp.!!! I think I had a bit of a language barrier between me and the deeper meaning of what's written here, or it's too high-brow for me. Either way I still enjoyed the awesome drawings!