Stephen Hawking now in comic books!

Last Updated: Friday, May 24, 2013 - 23:17

London: People can now learn about the life and times of famed physicist Stephen Hawking in a comic book.
The 71-year-old British scientist is featuring as a comic book character for an illustrated series about his life.

The book will cover Hawking`s college days, his work as a researcher at Cambridge and some of his key discoveries, `Sky News` reported.

The series `Stephen Hawking: Riddles of Time & Space` would provide a glimpse into "the man, the myth and the legend," writers of the book said.

"The very concept of making an engaging comic book where the protagonist is essentially immobile is a pretty tall order," said artist Zach Bassett.

"I think the key to us keeping it exciting was being able to get inside his mind - one of the greatest of our time - and show some of his most abstract concepts in a visual and dynamic way.

"He truly is a living legend and I was honoured to be able to illustrate his life in comic book form. Professor Hawking is perhaps best known for his book A Brief History of Time, which explains the nature of the universe to non-scientists," said Bassett.

Hawking is the latest in a line of famous faces to have been turned into cartoons by Bluewater Productions, the report said.

Prince Harry, Katy Perry and John Lennon have all had their life stories turned into comic books by the publishing company.

"The most surprising thing about Stephen Hawking is his razor wire wit. He maintains a child`s delight in discovery and credits his disability for allowing him to focus his mind," writers Michael Lent and Brian McCarthy said.

Hawking suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a form of motor neurone disease that attacks the nerves controlling voluntary movement.

He was given only a few years to live when his condition was first diagnosed when he was 21, but has defied medical opinion by living into his eighth decade.

Despite spending most of his life in a wheelchair, he is able to communicate through a computer.

PTI




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