Official Press Release
Jim Ottaviani, writer and publisher of TWO-FISTED
SCIENCE, DIGNIFYING SCIENCE, and FALLOUT will speak at
the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden as part of the
Museum’s Fall “Cultural Series on Creativity.” His
historical fiction comics about scientists are part of
the Centennial Exhibition of the Nobel Prize, which is
currently on exhibiting in both Stockholm and Oslo,
Norway. The Exhibition has future stops scheduled for
Japan, Korea, and the United States.
“When I see ‘Nobel Prize,’ ‘Cultural Series,’ and my
name in the same sentence, I wonder if I’ve entered a
parallel universe. But I just received the program book
for the fall lectures and there’s ‘Jim Ottaviani,’
right there in cold type. (It’s the only thing I can
read, actually, since the rest is in Swedish.)
“The series information, in English, is also on the
web, so I guess it’s real.
“Seriously, even though I’m nervous I’m also excited
and honored to have this opportunity. I can name many
folks who are more qualified to act as ambassadors for
comics, and will indeed discuss them in the course of
the talk, which I’m calling ‘Comics art and science:
Telling Stories with Pictures (That Don’t Move)’. I
plan to cover some comics theory, the process of going
from ideas to images, and close with some thoughts
about using comics to reach new audiences, especially
as they relate to the sciences. There are so many fine
comics to talk about along the way that keeping the
talk within the allotted time will probably be my
The presentation will be held on 22 November 2001 at
The Nobel Museum, Brshuset (Stockholm Stock Exchange
Building, Gamla stan) from 18:30-19:30. For more
Jim Ottaviani, a former nuclear engineer who now works as a librarian at the University of Michigan, writes comics about scientists for G.T. Labs, whose titles include TWO-FISTED SCIENCE, DIGNIFYING SCIENCE, and the newly released FALLOUT: J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER, LEO SZILARD, AND THE POLITICAL SCIENCE OF THE ATOMIC BOMB.
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