Living With Insect Horror

Mothers Day

Scene from the Graphic Comic, Mothers Day
By: Paul Slade & Hans Rickheit

Insect life history can be fascinating when told as a compelling story. Insect photos or videos can help convey a story, especially to readers unfamiliar with an insect. However, the scenes and photos needed to illustrate a story can be difficult or nearly impossible to capture. Scientific illustrators and graphic artists can fill the void.

The life history of the blue butterfly is a compelling story. The BBC has a video version of the story in the “Life in the Undergrowth” series and a radio version that fascinated journalist Paul Slade. Paul Slade wanted to tell the story and decided a graphic comic would be the best media. Paul wrote a script, and enlisted graphic artist, Hans Rickheit to illustrate. The result is the graphic comic, “Mothers Day” an insect horror story where insect eats insect in a contest of survival. The BBC version is a dispassionate and matter of fact observation of what the animals do with little emotional attachment. Mothers Day conveys the facts, including some that are difficult to capture on film, and adds an edgy anthropogenic emotional horror to make a compelling story.

Mothers Day and the backstory can be found on planetslade. Add it to you comics reading this Sunday.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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