Brilliantly presented, and customarily classy....Science Tales is impressive, Cunningham delivering his message with style, great art, even moments of outright comedy.’—Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet
The first edition of Darryl Cunningham’s Science Tales was published in 2012 and shortlisted for the British Comics Awards: Best Book. It was updated in 2013 to include a new chapter on fracking. This new paperback edition unites it as a series with Darryl Cunningham’s other best selling titles with Myriad: Graphic Science and Supercrash. They will be joined in November 2019 by Cunningham’s latest graphic exposé, Billionaires.
A graphic milestone of investigative reporting, Cunningham’s essays explode the lies, hoaxes and scams of popular science, debunking media myths and decoding some of today’s most fiercely-debated issues: climate change, electroconvulsive therapy, the moon landing, the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine, homeopathy, chiropractic, evolution, science denialism and fracking.
Thoroughly researched and sourced, Cunningham’s clear narrative, graphic lines and photographic illustration explain complicated and controversial issues with deceptive ease. Shortly available in a new flapped paperback edition, along with Cunningham’s other best-selling books, Supercrash (Myriad, 2014) and Graphic Science (Myriad, 2019).
Argument28 October 2012
It takes a real talent to pack in so much information and so many ideas and arguments in a book that contains no more than a few hundred words. As a science primer that presents complex ideas in a simple, but never simplistic, way, Science Tales cannot be recommended enough.View source
Slings and Arrows
He lays out his case in easily digestible fashion via simple illustrations of his everyman stand-in and inventive use of photographs and pictures… Science Tales should prove both informative and engaging, and Cunningham’s succinct presentation delivers the facts with no prior scientific understanding required.
Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet
It’s good to see the arguments presented so well, clearly and concisely... what Cunningham does here is rather brilliantly presented, and customarily classy. As an artist his work is equally at home in the stark black and white of Psychiatric Tales or the lush and varied colours in Science Tales... Science Tales is impressive, Cunningham delivering his message with style, great art, even moments of outright comedy. All in all, we have something else to deliver the message of science and reason, and that’s a good, good thing.
Cunningham's charming artwork complements his concise arguments on climate change, the first moon landing and homeopathy, among other subjects. He consistently champions the scientific method over all forms of quackery, and his stark lines and simple layouts give his comic the feel of a scientific analysis. The artwork is uncluttered, leaving little to distract the reader from the exposition, delivered in stripped-back, staccato prose.View source
Cunningham's art… has clean lines and a continuity that is often graceful, charming and endearing. He speaks with quiet authority on his subjects, but is careful to cite a whole range of sources and research papers.View source
[Climate change is] a familiar story. What's unusual is the way it's told. [Science Tales] deals with some of the most urgent debates in science using pictures, speech bubbles and comic-strip layouts... Darryl Cunningham takes a view on such knotty issues as homeopathy and the MMR vaccine, sorting facts from fiction and presenting complex information in a highly accessible way.View source
Cunningham continues his comics crusade to untangle lies, myths, and misconceptions with a new book defending the science that’s grown from Darwin’s theory of natural selection. As usual, he does so with wit, charm, and quiet persistence.
With simplicity and depth Darryl Cunningham produces cartoons that get to the nub of why understanding the world as it seems to be, is so important.
This new material is an excellent example of Cunningham’s approach to subject matter that many of us, no doubt, would simply switch off from or hurriedly turn the page when presented in other media. His ability to break down relatively complex issues into easily digestible and compelling narratives without ever compromising the points he makes is quite remarkable.View source
A clear and thorough survey of the subject, and very important.
Dr Judith Mackay, OBE
It is very compelling – once you have started on the story, you read to the end.