Dirty Biology: The X-Rated Story of Sex

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Graphic Mundi - Psu Press
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6.6 X 9.8 X 0.8 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Léo Grasset (scripter) has advanced degrees in evolutionary biology and organismal and ecosystems biology. In 2014, he began to make humorous and educational YouTube videos about biology. An English translation of his first book was published as How the Zebra Got Its Stripes: Darwinian Stories Told Through Evolutionary Biology.

Colas Grasset (artist) has collaborated with his brother Léo on several episodes of the YouTube program DirtyBiology. He blogs about his work at http: //hou-bim.blogspot.com.


PUBLISHERS WEEKLY -- The Grassets deliver a thorough, accessible, uproariously funny, and undeniably French exploration of sexual reproduction in this clever guide. A nameless asexual humanoid with a winningly dark sense of humor acts as reader's guide to the wonder and weirdness of sex, and opens with a question: Why do humans have sex? From this simple beginning, the book's reach is vast, encompassing everything from the development of size difference in gametes to necrophilia among lizards. Playful colors and confident linework do an excellent job of grounding the ocean of information, while a concise script and tart humorï¿9;the guide declares "I love animals" after revealing particularly off-putting factsï¿9;make obscure biological processes like bacterial transduction immediately comprehensible. The Grassets' sparing use of pop culture manages to enhance their subject in a non-corny fashion: as it turns out, The Lord of the Rings' Ents really do provide a window through which to examine the reproduction of certain cypresses. The mix of giggle-inducing factoids and incisive scientific insights make this investigation of copulation well worth digging into.

"This work pushes the boundaries of the comic in new and provocative directions, and is proudly international in scope." - International Journal of Comic Art