Rico Schacherl is a cartoonist based in Johannesburg, responsible for illustrating the highly successful comic strip Madam & Eve. Born in Austria in 1966, he claims he was drawing cartoons…>

'Rico's SKAtoons':
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© Rico | Jun 01, 2012

Rico's SKAtoons

UNFORTUNATELY OVERSHADOWED BY A SPEAR, the biggest news this week was the awarding a multinational project to host the biggest telescope in the world to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. RICO has been doing some amazing cartoon work for the project, as described here by the SKA website:

"An inquisitive school girl Hannah and the young astronomer Naledi are two key characters in colourful comic books developed by the SKA South Africa to engage children (and their families) in the story of the SKA and MeerKAT. A real meerkat also features prominently, along with an adorable bat-eared fox - both animals found in the Karoo.

The stories are set in and around a small rural town in the Karoo and help readers to understand how radio astronomy works and why the pathfinder telescope - and possibly later the SKA - will be built in the Karoo".

You can download pdf's of all three episodes of comic series (for free)