The Time My Cartoon Sneaked Into The Smithsonian…

…Astrophysical Observatory’s traveling exhibit on black holes

In 2009, The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, also called the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, which are all Very Big Words of Science and Fabulousness, contacted me to license this cartoon:

It was for a traveling exhibit called Black Holes: Space Warps and Time Twists that went all over the country to museums and science centers and libraries and observatories. Kids got this ID card, and did activities and at the end launched off into space in search of black holes, I believe.

I can’t describe how much I love that this joke about density got to go help explain black holes to kids. Is there anything better? No, no there is not.

And then, in Flagstaff Arizona at the Lowell Observatory (where Pluto was discovered so they are a tad touchy on the whole is-it-a-planet subject) I saw it! In the wild!

Just, so fun. It is the best when science and humor combine (see: The Far Side), and this whole thing makes me feel Very Cool. So there.

In honor of that, here are a couple more:

PS I’ve got tons of cartoons to license up on CartoonStock, they are very groovy people in the UK and I’ve been with them for many years, since back when we had to FTP toons one at a time up onto their server (geek cred!!)