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Month of Women in Comics – Carly’s Adventures in Wasp Land

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by female creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Here‘s a list of all the books featured so far this month.

We continue with Carly’s Adventures in Wasp Land, written and drawn by Carly Tribull…

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Tribull, a graduate student at the American Museum of Natural History, created this web comic series to teach young kids (we’re talking roughly 1st grade to the 5th grade) about wasps.

But first, Tribull gives an insightful walk through her own history, explaining how she came to become interested in insects. She roughly sums it up on the final page of the first chapter of the series…

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The conceit of the comic is that A. Carly shrinks down to interact with the wasps and B. The wasps are anthropomorphized so as to be able to explain themselves to Carly.

The first story is about Bembix americana…

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While the next is about Polistes dominula…

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Tribull is a smart writer, condensing and delivering the information in an entertaining, while informative fashion. She’s also a good artist, which makes the whole thing proceed very smoothly.

It’s a strong educational comic book that’s well worth reading if you know a kid who is interested in insects. You can read the whole thing at the American Museum of Natural History’s website here.

Tribull also worked on a comic anthology (or, as they put it, ant-thology) that you can read here.

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