Guest Post: Volcanos, by Jon Chad

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I’m super excited that Fist Second is releasing a new educational ¬†science comics series.

Below you will find some information about the Volcanos (John Chad, Fall 2016) book.

The world is frozen in a new ice age, and three siblings travel with their mentor on a search for material to burn for warmth, an increasingly desperate effort to keep their tribe alive. Aurora, the oldest of the siblings, uncovers a forgotten bit of natural history-forces of nature known as volcanoes. As she learns more about volcano types, what they erupt, and how strong those eruptions can be, Aurora becomes convinced that volcanoes can provide the heat and life to help her tribe survive.  First Second will be publishing Volcanos as part of the all new Science Comics series in fall 2016.

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I’m pretty excited that Mr. Chad has stopped by to share some Volcano facts with us. Take it away, sir!

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1) Although it’s hard to pin down the exact number, there are around 1,500 active and dormant volcanoes on Earth’s surface.¬† At any given time, there are about 10-20 surface volcanoes erupting out there.¬† That means right now, while you are reading this!!

2) If based on its height from sea level Mount Everest is the tallest mountain on Earth, but if we base a mountain’s height on the place that it grew from, the Hawaiian¬†volcano¬†Mauna Loa is 9,170 meters tall!¬† That makes it 322 meters taller than Everest (8,848 meters tall)!

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3) Volcanic ash is so much more dangerous than regular ash (from, say, a fireplace) because of its size and shape.  A volcanic ash particle is .001 millimeters wide, making it 100 times smaller than the width of a human hair!?!  As for its shape, fireplace ash is almost circular, while volcanic ash is jagged and barbed.  It ruins electronics and grounds planes on its best days, and crushes houses and forests on its worst!

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4) A pyroclastic flow is a cloud of rocks, ashes, and gases erupted from a¬†volcano¬†that can measure up to 1,000 degrees C.¬† A typical pyroclastic flow races down a¬†volcano‘s side at speeds around 725 kph; this is faster than a cheetah (112 kph), a peregrine falcon (170 kph), and the fastest street legal car (431 kph).

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5) The eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 sent clouds of ash over 6,000 km away!  The amount of ash ejected into the sky blocked the sun enough to drop global temperatures for FOUR YEARS!!

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Jon Chad is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Northampton, MA.¬† He teaches bookmaking and design at the Center for Cartoon Studies and has done illustration work for the Professional Amateur Pinball Association, Highlights Magazine, and the FBI, among many others.¬† He’s also the author and artist of two other children’s books, Leo Geo and his Miraculous Journey Through the Center of the Earth and Leo Geo and the Cosmic Crisis.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Bob Shea

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Last spring Bob Shea visited my school. It was awesome. If you’d like to see just how awesome it was you can click on the image below to see some more pictures from his visit.

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I’m very excited to have Bob on my site today to talk about I Will Chomp You! I hope you enjoy the interview.

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1. Can you tell us a little bit about I Will Chomp you?

Don’t read it on an empty stomach.¬†

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2. What is your favorite thing about being an illustrator?  

My favorite thing about being an illustrator is making things up out of my head. Things like math have a right answer and a wrong answer, illustration can have many different answers. 

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3. What’s the hardest thing about being an illustrator?

Sometimes I go to the deli pretty hungry and say, “Gimme the biggest sandwich you got!” then the deli person gives me a warning that it’s too much food.¬†

“Not for a hungry illustrator!” I scoff.¬†

Then I force the behemoth down in front of them to prove I’m brave.¬†

So I guess, “trying not to throw up” later that afternoon is the hardest part of any illustration project.¬†

4. If you could spend one day inside the world of any book which book would you pick?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  The candy room inspired a big cake illustration in I WILL CHOMP YOU!

It’s true.¬†

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5. What advice do you have for the young illustrators in my classroom?

Draw. 

Look at people’s drawings you like.¬†

Then draw. 

Look at more things. 

Then draw some more. 

#TheYarn Episode 8: Jennifer and Matthew Holm

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Jennifer and Matthew Holm are a dynamic comics creating team. In episode 8, you’ll get a chance to listen to this brother-sister team chat about working on The Yarn together.

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#TheYarn Episode 7: Matthew Holm

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We all know Matthew Holm from his work on Babymouse and Squish. In Episode 7 of The Yarn you’ll get an inside peak at his process for creating comics.

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#TheYarn Episode 6: Lark Pien

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Lark Pien has had an amazing life. Learn how she went from an architect to a comics creator in Episode 6 of The Yarn.

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