Family Program Story by Tyrion Perkins
How do you write a book with a virus as a main character? That was the question Ailsa Wild confronted when agreeing to help her scientist housemate get his work out to the world. He was writing papers about microbes, but hardly anyone was reading them.
Ailsa had found science boring when at school, but working on this book changed her mind. She showed the small group of us the space-invader-like virus that attack bacteria. Together with the help from another researcher, an artist and graphic designer they came up with a story of a nurse in WWI who contracts dysentery, and is helped by the virus.
They decided to do it as a graphic novel. Ailsa wanted minimal text, and the pictures to show a sense of movement. They spent two and a half years researching, writing as a script, storyboarding and discussing the artist’s sketches, right up to self publishing.
I think all of us were amazed and excited how in-depth science could be told in comic book form.
Ailsa then got us to have a go writing a script or storyboarding.
Find out more at: https://theinvisiblewar.com.au/
Creators: Briony Barr & Gregory Crocetti
Author: Ailsa Wild (with Dr. Jeremy Barr)
Illustrator: Ben Hutchings
Blogging Team 2017