C’RONA Pandemic Comics is a collection of short comics and essays developed to help youth understand the complexities of living through a viral pandemic. Each focuses on a different theme: the biology of the COVID-19 virus; the relationship of wild animals, particularly bats, to the pandemic; and the impact of the pandemic on tribal communities. Created by a group of artists, educators, tribe members, and scientists, this comic book provides an engaging way to learn about the COVID-19 pandemic from a cast of fictional characters—a parrot, a fox, a goat, a bat, a mouse, a coyote, and a ghost.
About the Author
Bob Hall is an artist who has worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics and drawn some of the most famous comic heroes of all time, including Batman, Spiderman, Thor, Captain America, and the Avengers. Some of his recent comic works include World of Viruses (Nebraska, 2012), Carnival of Contagion (Nebraska, 2017), and Mosquitos SUCK! (Nebraska, 2021). Judy Diamond is a professor and curator of informal science education at the University of Nebraska State Museum. She is the lead author of the comic World of Viruses (Nebraska, 2012) and coauthor of Carnival of Contagion (Nebraska 2017) and Mosquitos SUCK! (Nebraska, 2021). Liz VanWormer is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on One Health issues that address the interface of domestic and wild animals, the environment, and health. Judi M. gaiashkibos is executive director of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs and president of the Governor’s Interstate Indian Council, a national organization with the mission of improving and promoting cooperation between state and tribal governments.