Rating: 4/5 – A Fun Comic Strip About Science, Pseudoscience, and Geeky Relationships
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Adam Alamo
Summed up best by its concise tagline, Carbon Dating is “a comic strip about science, pseudoscience, and geeky relationships.” Inspired by creator Kyle Sanders’ sense of skepticism, love of science, and relationship experiences, this web comic chronicles the humorous, wonky, and sometimes absurd life of a science geek and his friends. The web comic updates twice a week and has nearly two years of content to explore at http://carbon-comic.com/.
What’s Awesome About It?
The strip lampoons a lot of the speculative ideas and pseudoscience that permeate the public sphere by turning the critical eye of science on them. Whether it’s homeopathy, acupuncture, genetically modified food, or any other number of hot button issues, the protagonist wryly debunks them with a healthy dose of science, common sense, and humor. What I love best is that Sanders takes it a step further and usually includes a write up about the topic, sometimes at length and with citations, and encourages discussion in the comments section. The information can be thought provoking to say the least.
There’s more to this web comic than the skepticism angle that permeates a lot of the strips. There are plenty of geek culture references, an eclectic cast that could be part of a Breakfast Club sequel, and a budding romance interwoven throughout. Since the strip is loosely based on Sanders’ own experiences, he will often share updates about his wife, baby, and life events. I like to think of it as a behind the scenes look at the making of Carbon Dating, as it’s obvious that he draws inspiration from them. Despite the short, three-panel format, there has been subtle character development and a progressing narrative that may not be apparent from reading a couple strips, but is noticeable over the long haul. Hopefully the strip continues for a good while longer because I really want to know what happens next. I also plan to learn a thing or two along the way.
Reviewed by: Adam Alamo
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