Clan Apis

Clan Apis

by Jay Hosler


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"Although years of rock 'em, sock 'em adventures have branded comic books as lightweight entertainment for children, Jay Hosler has staged a valiant defense of the medium. In his hands, cartooning becomes exciting education. Clan Apis ingeniously reworks the plot conventions of the musty old action comic as Hosler sneaks a lot of lessons about bee anatomy, behaviour, and ecology into his brisk story." - Discover Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780967725505
Publisher: Active Synapse
Publication date: 01/28/2000
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 3 Years

About the Author

Dr. Jay Hosler is an Associate Professor of Biology at Juniata College and an award-winning cartoonist who writes and draws comic books about biology and natural history. His work has been called "ingenious" (The London Times), "goofily inventive" (The New York Times), and "entertaining and slyly educational" (The Comics Journal). His works include Active Synapse classics such as Clan Apis, The Sandwalk Adventures, and Optical Allusions.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Transitions9
Chapter 2Swarm31
Chapter 3Hide and Seek61
Chapter 4Homefront87
Chapter 5The Plan113
Bee Lines147
Killer Bee153

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Clan Apis 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
didaly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a tremendous book! Written by a biologist, insect society, behavior, and anatomy is exploded in a black and white extravaganza of irresistible science.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I suspect Nyuki's jokes were supposed to liven up a dull story presenting bee facts. As far as I was concerned, they were basically annoyances interfering with an interesting and beautifully-presented story, which conveyed a lot of bee facts. I skimmed a few pages because I couldn't stand reading Nyuki being an idiot. That aside - it is a good story, following one bee from just before metamorphosis (with an explanation of what was happening), through adulthood, old age, and death. It was amusing how Nyuki went from bratty-little-sister to instant adult when Devorah died (and the author had to insert a new little-sister character to keep the story going). Her plan at the end is rather neat - though I agree with Bloomington, it's either very sweet or very creepy. And I did cry a little over it. I don't think I'll reread, but I'm glad I did read it - Nyuki's stupid jokes notwithstanding. There were a couple points in the appendix that I didn't see in the story, that make me curious - mostly, bees in cave paintings. So I'll go look up some more bee facts - fun!