Thursday, August 22, 2013

Yay! for NIOSH's First Comic: "Straight Talk About Nail-Gun Safety"

So, no surprise, while surfing the 'net for something neat to post about, I came upon some exciting news: NIOSH released their first (ever) comic in June 2013

The comic is titled "Straight Talk About Nail-Gun Safety" and discusses pneumatic nail guns. FYI, careful while searching for images on Google re: "pneumatic nail gun" and "movie" - I tried to find a movie reference/still for visual emphasis, but all that showed up was "Nail Gun Massacre." Not hyper-linked since I am not overly fond of horror movies. 

According to the CDC NIOSH Science Blog, this comic is intended to raise awareness of nail gun safety measures, prevent injuries, and dispel some myths about nail guns circulating around the internet.

CDC NIOSH / Nick Thorkelson comic, "Straight Talk About Nail-Gun Safety"
The comic has a middle section with a nail gun safety checklist that explains nail gun trigger safety, nail gun use, concerns about lumber and building materials, and reminders about compressors and hoses.

It seems they're going for a "those crazy cowboys in the wild west" feel:

Nice 'stache there, buckaroo. :) "Straight Talk About Nail-Gun Safety" CDC NIOSH / Nick Thorkelson
I liked the CDC NIOSH Science Blog's authors' discussion about trying to find a scientific reference for the velocity of a nail shot from a nail gun:

"Most sites that appeared immediately were legal or medical, though they quickly digressed to include ‘theatrical’, paranormal, and vampire-hunting (using silver nails, we presume) interests.  Narrowing the search to “scholarly” sources, we found several peer reviewed papers that referenced a nail firing velocity of 1400 ft/sec and others that reported different velocities.  (Just to note, no articles were found using these search terms in PubMed or MedLine). All articles except one were medical journal case reports of nail gun injuries."

The CDC seems to be more interested in visual media, since the release of the CDC public health graphic novel, "Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic." Comics and graphic novels are a great way to engage the public and workers - telling a story in a way that can help memory retention while entertaining. Nice job, Nick Thorkelson (artist).

Sunday, August 4, 2013

New Manga! Re-branding The Industrious Hygienist

Hiyo, loyal readers! Per the request of several of you, I bring you a new manga of the Industrious Hygienist. I haven't had a chance to learn my Anime Studio software or Bamboo Splash tablet yet, so this one is old-fashioned, hand-drawn goodness. 

I was going for spunky, but she turned out a little sassy. :)

The Industrious Hygienist - latest character art (manga) for rebranding!
Hope you like it - next time I get another four to six hours of free time, I'll draw another action-oriented and funny manga. This one only took about three hours. I'm trying to re-brand the Industrious Hygienist into the hero of the manga rather than the "person who things happen to" in the manga. As always, eternal thanks to Hiromu Arakawa for creating Fullmetal Alchemist and the style of manga I imitate. Wish me luck!