Infotoons

Infotoons are informational cartoons. The simple line work and vivid color of a cartoon provides a visually digestible means for explaining what might otherwise be a difficult subject. In other words, the easiest way is often the best way. Unique, evocative imagery for magazines, books, and web pages. For more info or pricing, contact me here. To see a wider selection of infotoons, scroll down or click here. Thanks!

The Geologic Time Scale

The geologic time scale is split into four major eras–Precambrian, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic, and are subdivided into periods. The number beside the era or period in the infotoon below shows how many years ago it began. I thought it would be fun to show it as walk through the park. This would also make for a great class project as well. For more information, see the Earth issue of Kids Discover magazine. We start at the Precambrian…

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

All seven wonders of the ancient world are located on or near Mediterranean Sea, largely because those who wrote about them had traveled in these areas. Marvels like the Great Wall of China or the Taj Mahal in India (modern-day wonders) were unknown to the list makers or had not yet been built. Click for a larger image. (©Kids Discover Ancient Wonders)

Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle

This is an infotoon about the different ways in which children can effect a difference by better managing resources. Click the image for a clearer picture. -from Kids Discover Conservation

It’s Electric!

An infotoon about how step leaders create a conductive path for lightning to form. Better to be indoors before it even gets this far!

Fighting the Biters

An infotoon about the best places to stop mosquitoes before they can spread West Nile virus.

Something for teachers

WordPlay Café is now available as a free, downloadable book in PDF form. Click here.

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An infotoon describing how the food chain works, at least in the Arctic. -Kids Discover Ecology

17-Cold-weather

Some health issues that colder weather can bring on. (From Kids Discover Extreme Weather)

An infotoon showing the process of healing.

An infotoon showing the process of healing. I couldn't find anything that looked like a skin texture, until I discovered some topographic maps on the internet.

4-5-winding

The Long and Winding Road: The geologic time scale from Kids Discover Earth. At first I considered a "CandyLand" approach, then abandoned it in favor of a park path where the kids could help with the illustrations.

water

An infotoon describing how much of our bodies are made of water.

to help explain that many forms of collective nouns are based on our feathered friends.

Bird talk: to help explain that many forms of collective nouns are based on our feathered friends.

The periodic table. No small feat as it was changing while we worked on the article. Not uncommon for a science-related magazine.

The periodic table. No small feat as it was changing while we worked on the article. Not uncommon for a science-related magazine.

What happens when things go wrong in the lungs.

What happens when things go wrong in the lungs.

A few timeless energy tips from Admiral Bird.

A few timeless energy tips from Admiral Bird.

I happen to believe there's a joke in everything, even simple physics.

I happen to believe there is a joke in everything, even simple physics.

There is a bit of magic in the way that simple levers work, so I employed the services of an ELF (Which is also an acronym for Effort, Load, & Fulcrum) to explain the concept. This is one of a series of illustrations for Kids Discover Simple Machines.

There is a bit of magic in the way that simple levers work, so I employed the services of an ELF (Which is also an acronym for Effort, Load, & Fulcrum) to explain the concept. This is one of a series of illustrations for Kids Discover Simple Machines.

An illustration of Gregor Mendel's findings on the genetics of pea plants. Let there be Peas!

An illustration of Gregor Mendel's findings on the genetics of pea plants.

Serotonin in chocolate can adjust moods; Ounce for ounce, fruits and vegetables contain more vitamins than chocolate; Cacao beans as antioxidants; Nearly half of the calories in chocolate are from fats that can lead to heart problems.

Clockwise from upper left: Serotonin in chocolate can adjust moods; Ounce for ounce, fruits and vegetables contain more vitamins than chocolate; Cacao beans as antioxidants; Nearly half of the calories in chocolate are from fats that can lead to heart problems.

How a pulley works

Three types of pulleys: (from left) Fixed, Movable, Block & Tackle

The wind (smaller kids) always moves from high pressure to low pressure.

An explanation of what it means to kowtow.

An explanation of what it means to kowtow

8 Responses to Infotoons

  1. michelle says:

    I love the infotoons! Very creative using the topographic maps as the skin texture. Looks like you have a lot of fun with your work.

  2. sm00gle says:

    I do have fun with my work. Not everyone can sit around in their office all day and snicker at what they do… Thanks for the comment.

  3. shikin says:

    i really like those toons. cute

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  5. Catherine says:

    I’m working on a lesson on pulleys and when I googled a picture this site came up. I really like how you used cartoons to teach about these different things.

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  7. Katrina says:

    These are so helpful. I should share them with my teacher!!

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