Additional Files

The additional files for this article can be found as follows:

Appendix 1

Names of all Newcastle Science Comic contributors and editors. DOI:

Appendix 2

List of Newcastle Science Comic extracts included in this article. DOI:

Editorial Note

This article is part of the Graphic Science Special Collection, edited by Nicolas Labarre, with assistance from Ernesto Priego. This piece was peer-reviewed by Pierre Nocerino and Nicolas Labarre.


I gratefully acknowledge the work of Iain Wheeldon (for Spineless: The Newcastle Science Comic evaluation data collection and inputting) and Brittany Coxon (for Photoshop skills in the compilation of artwork). I am forever grateful to Newcastle Science Comic’s editorial team (Paul Thompson, Brittany Coxon, Jack Fallows, Michael Thompson, and Michael Duckett), and the contributors listed in appendix 1.

Funding Information

Science FACT-ion and Asteroid Belter: The Newcastle Science Comic were funded by Newcastle University public engagement as part of the British Science Festival 2013. Spineless: The Newcastle Science Comic was funded jointly by Newcastle University and the Great North Museum: Hancock as part of the Spineless exhibition in summer 2015.

Competing Interests

The author has no competing interests to declare.


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