This comic book is the end result of the nanoKOMIK project of 2016. Based on the best ideas from the comics presented in response to the nanoKOMIK challenge, the comic has taken shape as “Dayanne and Murillo. The Power of Nanoscience”, a fun story that tells the adventures of two ingenious scientists who develop amazing nanopowers.
The nanoKOMIK exhibition can be visited from 2 to 30 December at the Carlos Santamaría Center of the UPV/EHU, in Donostia.
A nanometre is a one thousand-millionth part of a metre; 10-9 metres.
Nanoscience is science at a very small scale - the nanoscale. The nanoscale, from 0.1 to 100 nanometres (from atomic radius to far ultraviolet light wavelength), contains basic matter components including the most primitive biological structures: DNA, ribosome and virus. Although size isn't the only thing that matters. At this scale matter behaves in a very special way. Objects found at this scale are normally larger than a single atom (we can find a good number of atoms and molecules) and at the same time are also sufficiently small for their properties to be significantly different from those found at micro and macro scales. But there is more... physics and chemistry are not easily differentiated at this scale. Classic disciplines such as physics, chemistry, biology and material engineering converge and lead to a new discipline: Nanoscience.
Nanotechnology deals with the design and production of new structures which are part of the nanoscale and to do so, controls the structure shape and size.
Comic, considered the ninth art, is a visual expression which narrates stories through images. Although in some countries like France, Belgium, the USA or Japan there is a more solid and extended comic culture than in our country, this does not mean relevant works cannot be published thanks to the creativity and tenacity of many artists and editors in our environment.
We are familiarised with the most popular icons and narrative resources of images but when it comes down to tell the story, do we know how to do it? Are we able to see what is important and what is not? Can we tell the difference between what adds up to our story and what doesn't?
Moreover, selecting images for our narration may determine its meaning in one way or another and doing this correctly will also determine how it is read and interpreted. This selection determines what we tell, how we tell and what for.