Carl Sagan and His Fully Armed Spaceship of the Imagination

Carl Sagan, by Michael at Ninjerktsu

Carl Sagan on his Spaceship of the Imagination

My path to Carl Sagan began with magic.  In my my early 20’s I developed a hobby for card tricks and slight of hand.  Penn and Teller were my main influences and through them I discovered (The Amazing) James Randi.  I remember James Randi once saying Richard Dawkin’s book, The Blind Watchmaker should be required reading in all American classrooms.  Hearing that I decided to read the book.  I found it amazing.  After that I read every Richard Dawkins book I could find.  Through these books I discovered Carl Sagan.

Reading Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark changed my life.  The way he explained the scientific method and the value of skepticism made me want to learn to more.  The Demon-Haunted World remains one of my favorite books of all time.

Commander Capricorn gives an order to Major Pisces

Commander Capricorn gives an order to Major Pisces: Fire the Homeopathic Medicine Ray!!!

In Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, his stories about the Heike Crab, and Eratosthenes’ calculation of the circumference of the earth blew my mind.  Today these stories still resonate with me and I look forward to the day when I will share them with my children.

The Cosmos episode, “The Harmony of the Worlds”, in which Sagan challenges Astrology, inspired me to draw the comic.  I thought it would be funny to have him encounter the forces of pseudo-science as he flew through the Cosmos in his spaceship of the Imagination.  The design of Carl’s spaceship and his iconic wardrobe were fun for me to draw.  I enjoy his mannerisms and his careful choice of words, so I tried to echo them in his dialog for the strip.

Homeopathy is no match for SCIENCE!

Homeopathy is no match for SCIENCE!

While Carl Sagan’s books have remained my favorites, I currently enjoy following scientists like Brian Cox, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene and Michio Kaku.  I love the quest they are on, the questions they ask, and I appreciate the way they communicate with their readers.

To see the entire storyboard, and to check out the rest of Michael’s work, visit his site Ninjerktsu.