Explain yourself with comics

Almost every grad student struggles with the difficulty of explaining your dissertation topic to strangers (not to mention friends and family) without launching into an hour long lecture on the topic. One enterprising geographer has come up with a unique solution to the problem: write a comic book.

Ju Hui Judy Han at UC Berkely participated in the 24 hour comic day in 2006. The challenge was to write 24 pages in 24 hours. She chose to write about her dissertation. The result can be downloaded here (PDF).

I love the idea of saying, the next time someone asks you about your dissertation: “Here, read my comic book.”

(via Konrad Lawson on Twitter)