Covid Comics

This is a description for test purposes and will be replaced with a real information. Our pandemic lives are deeply entwined with visual, web-based public health messages, from instructional hand-washing pictograms to infographics about physical activity during lockdowns. Alongside these official public health communications, people are creating thousands of web-based comics conveying public health messages.It is critical that we collect and code these comics now. As ephemeral, web-based artefacts we risk losing access to thousands of these creations and their specific circulation contexts. Capturing and coding this data now will allow us to rapidly track their messages, reach and engagement. In particular, focusing on webcomics from the first 6 months of the pandemic, we will be able to evaluate the impacts and potentials of producing and circulating time-sensitive public health messages via the comics medium across social media platforms. This will yield insight into how public health messages are shared and interpreted on social media, as well as how behavioural change is championed and resisted.