Webtoons, a tool for communicating science in Antarctica
The use of comics in education is well researched and is acknowledged as a successful instructional tool and learning strategy in reading comprehension through to scientific content knowledge, especially where Generation N (people who grew up after 1980 and who are familiar with the internet) is concerned. The comic format has continued to evolve as a visual narrative and is currently in use as an online mass media communication tool more popularly known as a ‘webtoon’. In acknowledgement of the fourth International Polar Year (IPY) where the importance of polar science education, outreach and communication with the public was highlighted, the following project researches the success of comics in education and as a science communication tool. The research of comics is carried out with a view to applying the same knowledge and understanding into developing and producing a webtoon intended for outreach and communicating science in Antarctica to the general public globally.