Carl Sagan and His Fully Armed Spaceship of the Imagination

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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.