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REVIEW: First in Space

Hey everyone, my apologies for not having posted a museum review in a while. You see, I’ve been interning at the Nashville Zoo and haven’t had a chance to scope out to other institutions. The good news is that in the downtime between interviewing visitors, I’ve managed to read some awesome books and comics about science, so that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

First in Space

Writer: James Vining
Artist: James Vining
Publisher:  Oni Press

$9.95/96 pages/Black and White

All summer long I’d been hearing about chimpanzees in the media, so now that the weather’s changing, it seemed fitting to close out the season with one of the greatest chimp stories of all time. As one might expect from a book titled “First in Space“, this is the tale of the first living being in space, a chimpanzee with the rather unassuming name “Ham”. I know, I know, just one letter off… In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the United States was lagging behind the USSR in the Space Race. The Soviets had already launched Laika (a story also available in comic form) into earth orbit, and the Americans were looking to jump ahead by successfully launching a creature into space — and successfully recovering the live specimen.

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REVIEW (via iFanboy): Bone Sharps, Cowboys and Thunder Lizards


*Note* This is a cross post from my weekly column over at iFanboy. While I’m happy to have you read it here on the blog, I encourage you to go leave a comment at iFanboy. In the interest of full disclosure, they watch my stats so it helps me out to have you read and comment there.

Bone Sharps, Cowboys and Thunder Lizards: A Tale of Edward Drinker Cope, Othniel Charles Marsh and the Gilded Age of Paleontology

Artist: Big Time Attic

$22.95 / 165 pages / G. T. Labs

Come one, come all! Step right up to the amazing pictographic tale recounting not just how the west was won, but how the west was dug!

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Post-Halloween Special! You’ll be Metrified!

Why hello there Paleo-Posse! Long-time, no-see!

It’s Jacob here! Back from an extended vacation from the blog. In case you missed it, I got married, went on a not-long-enough honeymoon, and now I’m back to the grind. Did you miss me? I missed you!

Thankfully the Caribbean is full of fruity drinks that helped me keep the urge to supply SCIENCE to the Paleo-Posse in check, at least while I was on my honeymoon.

Unfortunately, a disaster is about to impact fruity drinks everywhere!!!

HIDE YA KIDS! HIDE YA WIFE!  AND HIDE YA HUSBAND CUZ THEY BE MIXIN DRINKS IN IMPROPER PROPORTIONS OUT HERE!!

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