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February 5, 2019 @ 5:00 am - 6:00 pm
Join Mark O’English (WSU Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections) at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, for “Atomic Comics: Evolving Depictions of Science in Comic Books and Popular Culture.”
This presentation will address the history of how nuclear issues have been portrayed (and mis-portrayed) in comic books on the last 60 years. Once the shining savior of humanity, nuclear power has moved, sometimes dramatically, sometimes gradually, to generally being viewed as a mistake.
O’English will look not at the science of nuclear power, but rather at how depictions of it have evolved over time in pop culture, using comic books as one exemplar, from the serious to the absurd.