Our comics are an important part of our public engagement programme and have made our research accessible to a wide range of audiences around the world. We have developed a series of comics with comic artist Edward Ross and scientist Dr Jamie Hall - a former PhD student at the WCMP.
The first comic, entitled 'Parasite' was produced in 2010 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Wellcome Trust. Comic artist Rachel Morris designed the cover. The comic proved hugely popular with a range of age groups and continues to be used for public engagement. It gives a brief overview of parasitology, and the parasites we study at the WCMP.
The next comic release was entitled 'Malaria: the battle against a microscopic killer', and was again written and drawn by Jamie and Edward, with input from artists Tom Humberstone and Luke Pearson. It has been translated into many languages, including Swahili. This comic was supported by Evimalar - a former network of European research groups collaborating on malaria research.
Our third comic 'Sleeping Sickness : the fight against a nightmarish disease' explores another important parasitic disease that is studied by researchers at the WCMP and highlights the work of the MacLeod Group.
Our newest comic is called Toxoplasmosis: Unlocking the secrets of a mysterious parasite which highlights our research on the Toxoplasma parasite and features the work of the Sheiner Group.
We are hoping to continue the series with a comic on helminths - including schistosomiasis, which is a relatively new line of research at the WCMP. Please read our blog on how we develop the comics, and why we think they are a good tool for communicating about our research.
All of our comics can be downloaded. If you have any feedback, or would like some hard copies, please contact our public engagement manager Dr Vickie Curtis.