Speaking of applied comics, thanks to James McKay who’s pointed me in the direction of a great web comic by Australian artist Stuart McMillen – Peak Oil.
It’s a 120-page comic all about the life and theories of M. King Hubbert, the petroleum geologist and economist who developed the concept of “peak oil”. Stuart’s open, clear artwork and clever storytelling bring what could be a rather dull subject to fascinating life. Lots of very clear exposition of Hubbert’s theories, the logic and evidence behind them, and their social, technological and political implications. This is not just a simple exercise in informational illustration: Stuart has created a dynamic and inventive text that gives unfamiliar and complex geological and economic theories a human face. A great piece of comics-writing.
Stuart’s got more projects in the pipeline, and an impressive archive of other work already. Check out his other comics at the end of Peak Oil – and don’t forget to watch his video!