Cartoons about Asteroid Day – upper left: the first in history published in 2014, shortly after Asteroid Day was created (Banx/Financial Times). Upper right: published in the 2019 edition (Yasgar). Below, cartoons in sequence published in the 2021 edition (El Corresponsal Quintana Roo – in Spanish).
Cartoons are traditionally published in newspapers, magazines and other print media. However, nowadays you can find them online, especially on social networking sites.
We have prepared some activity ideas that will turn your Asteroid Day event into a fun time:
Steps of cartoon producing published in videos ( Art Vlogs / Crafts A2Z)
You can find inspiration for your events with the videos showing step-by-step cartoon production Check out these videos by Art Vlogs and Crafts A2Z made for Asteroid Day 2022.
How about organising a cartoon contest dedicated to the exploration and study of asteroids? You can encourage your audience to unleash their imagination and draw a cartoon or a comic strip. Ask them to imagine what asteroid Bennu samples collected by the OSIRIS-REx probe look like. What would happen upon the arrival of the Lucy spacecraft on Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids? What will Hera Mission find out after analysing DART impact on the asteroid Dimorphos? It is a great opportunity to engage with the participants and encourage them to share their vision of what these and other future asteroid missions are going to unveil.
A cartoon exhibition is also a great idea. Choose a theme and encourage your community to participate. The best the works can be exhibited in a hallway, classroom, or a gallery. There are good free applications and software that you can use for cartoon production. Try exploring Canva, Blender and GIMP. Of course, nothing beats the good-old way of creating your cartoon on paper, which can be digitilised later. Very often simple analogue cartoons are funnier and convey a better message than the digitally produced ones. Always prioritise originality, creativity and good humour.
Consider organizing a workshop for young people and adults with the help of a professional or amateur cartoonist. This will allow your audience to learn all the tips and tricks of creating a great cartoon.
Whatever activity you choose, always value the work produced. It would be a good idea to contact your local newspapers, magazines and other media to promote the best works from your event. You might want to reach out to astronomy clubs, planetariums, observatories and institutes in your region and share your audience’s creations. They might use them in their newsletters and other periodical materials, which will increase the visibility of your organisation and events.
We look forward to seeing the cartoons produced at your event. Don’t forget to register it and report by submitting the best materials. We’ll be happy to share these fun creations with our social media following!