Cell’s Superhero Cover: the role of comics in science popularization

I’ve just realized how cool is Cell magazine May 4 issue’s cover (the one with the Scientist Enter the Blogosphere report by Laura Bonetta) with the S-nitrosothiol superhero T-shirt. This substance may have some therapeutic utility in diseases such as heart failure and asthma.

superhero S-nitrosothiol

Illustration: Cell and me this morning.

Cartoons are terrific education tools, let’s consider howtoons for instance. Howtoons are cartoons showing kids of all ages “How To” build things. What about cartoons for scientists? After all, experimental results, short communications and complete articles could be presented in a cartoon way, let us just juxtapose the figures of an article with good graphics and build a story upon them. (Math folks wearing T-Shirts with the 4 Maxwell Equations at the Campus)

This cover is a move towards digestible and less boring scientific magazine design. Samples in that respect could be my favourite tech magazines, Business 2.0 and Wired with a special comics freak editorship. Would you be kind enough to share with us more cool but strict peer review magazine covers?

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