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Darwin becomes comic strip hero

A comic history of Darwin and the Beagle voyage has been commissioned by the Bristol Cultural Development Partnership.

Simon Gurr and Eugene Byrne are writing and illustrating a biography of Charles Darwin in comic form. The book will convey the essence of Darwin's life and legacy in an accessible style.

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Proposed cover of the graphic novel about Darwin and his work.

Proposed cover of the graphic novel about Darwin and his work.

The comic book will cover Darwin's voyage on the Beagle, his subsequent studies, the publication of On the Origin of Species and the public reaction to it at the time. The book will also refer to contemporary controversies such as genetic engineering and intelligent design.

The illustrator and writer have worked on several other publications, including a graphic biography of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and a history of Bristol in comic form (to be published in January 2008).

200,000 copies of Darwin: a graphic biography will be published in 2009, to mark Darwin's 200th birthday. It will be distributed free of charge.


‘There is grandeur in this view of life... from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.’ Charles Darwin