7 x 9
Full color throughout
A vibrant graphic adaptation of the classic science memoir
Regarded as one of the world’s preeminent biologists, Edward O. Wilson spent his boyhood exploring the forests and swamps of south Alabama and the Florida panhandle, collecting snakes, butterflies, and ants—the latter to become his lifelong specialty. His memoir Naturalist, called “one of the finest scientific memoirs ever written” by the Los Angeles Times, is an inspiring account of Wilson’s growth as a scientist and the evolution of the fields he helped define. This graphic edition, adapted by New York Times bestselling comics writer Jim Ottaviani and illustrated by C.M.Butzer, brings Wilson’s childhood and celebrated career to life through dynamic full-color illustrations and Wilson’s own lyric writing.
In this adaptation of Naturalist, vivid illustrations draw readers in to Wilson’s lifelong quest to explore and protect the natural world. His success began not with an elite education but an insatiable curiosity about Earth’s wild creatures, and this new edition of Naturalist makes Wilson’s work accessible for anyone who shares his passion. On every page, striking art adds immediacy and highlights the warmth and sense of humor that sets Wilson’s writing apart.
Naturalist was written as an invitation—a reminder that curiosity is vital and scientific exploration is open to all of us. Each dynamic frame of this graphic adaptation deepens Wilson’s message, renewing his call to discover and celebrate the little things of the world.
PART I. Daybreak in Alabama
PART II. Storyteller
Earlier this month, conservation leaders across disciplines joined together at UC Berkeley for Half-Earth Day, an annual event organized by the EO Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. Inspired by renowned biologist and author Edward O. Wilson, Half-Earth is a call to conserve half of the planet to safeguard biodiversity. The conference explores how conservationists of all stripes can make progress toward this goal.
David Miller, President of Island Press, joined the conference this year, introducing Wilson during one of the sessions. Miller presented on the 25th anniversary re-release of Wilson’s autobiography Naturalist, and offered a sneak peek of its upcoming graphic adaptation. The audience got to see some of the panels created by Jim Ottaviani and illustrator CM Butzer.
“EO Wilson’s story inspires curiosity and excitement about nature and science. We hope that this graphic adaptation will bring his legacy to a new audience and inspire the next generation of naturalists. It is more urgent than ever to engage young people in protecting nature,“ said Miller.
Watch the video of the event below!
Erica is the Digital Content Manager at Island Press.