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Larry Gonick

Larry Gonick, the great American cartoonist, has been an inspiration for a whole generation of geeks, reared on his series of cartoon guides to science. His major work has been the 'Cartoon History of the Universe', now in its fifth volume. Larry was awarded the Ink-Pot award, something which is given annually by Comic-Con International to professionals in comic book, comic strip, animation, science fiction and pop-culture. Other luminaries to receive the award have included the film-maker Frank Capra, Edgar Rice-Burroughs and Steven Spielberg. He was elected by his peers to receive the 2003 Harvey Award given to Cartoon History III as "best graphic album of original work." In the comics world, this is the equivalent of an Oscar.

Larry has been a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and is currently staff cartoonist for Muse magazine. He has nearly one million copies of the Cartoon Guides in print.


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Raw Materials: Dinner Out

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Raw Materials: Ultimate Union

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Raw Materials: Rights Restored

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Raw Materials: Hoop Dreams

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Raw Materials: Waiting

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Raw Materials: Alternative Energy

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Raw Materials: The Nightmare

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