Comic-tanium™: Super Materials of the Superheroes Exhibit Promotes Real-World Materials Science

Article ID: 613530

Released: 5-Feb-2014 3:00 PM EST

Source Newsroom: TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society)

Newswise — February 5, 2014 – Warrendale, PA (USA) – Some of the greatest comic super heroes rely on special materials to boost their powers, provide protection, and define who they are. While comic writers tend to push and exceed the boundaries of what is possible, their fictional creations reflect the principles and tools used by real-world scientists and engineers who make sure we have materials needed for a safer, healthier, and more technologically advanced society.

This is the message of Comic-tanium™: The Super Materials of the Superheroes, a new exhibit that uses comic art and mythology to present how materials science and engineering actually does “save the world” every day. Comic-tanium™ debuts at the TMS 2014 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in San Diego, California on February 17, 2014. The exhibit is a major outreach initiative of the TMS Foundation and the ToonSeum of Pittsburgh.

Comic-tanium™ is scheduled to travel to the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC in April before opening to the public at the ToonSeum in the fall.

Joe Wos, executive director of the ToonSeum, said, “Although fictional, some of the most iconic symbols of advanced materials in the comics, from Captain America’s vibranium shield to Wolverine’s adamantium claws, use real-world science and engineering principles. Comic-tanium celebrates the imagination of both cartoonists and scientists in trying to capture the imagination of our future materials innovators and researchers.”

TMS executive director, James J. Robinson stated, “The TMS Foundation is honored to team up with the ToonSeum to promote the minerals, metals, and materials professions with a truly engaging exhibit. It is a unique way to encourage young people to dream up and develop the materials that will improve our lives in the future.”

ABOUT TMS AND THE TMS FOUNDATIONThe Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) is a member-driven international professional society dedicated to fostering the exchange of learning and ideas across the entire range of materials science and engineering, from minerals processing and primary metals production, to basic research and the advanced applications of materials. Included among its 12,000 professional and student members are metallurgical and materials engineers, scientists, researchers, educators, and administrators from more than 70 countries on six continents. (

The mission of the TMS Foundation is to support the development of current and future generations of minerals, metals, and materials science and engineering professionals. (

ABOUT TOONSEUMBased in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the ToonSeum is a non-profit museum of comic and cartoon art. Its mission is to promote a deeper appreciation of cartoonists and their work through hands-on workshops, community outreach, cartoon-oriented educational programming, and exhibitions of original cartoon art. Founded in 2007, the ToonSeum has presented more than 60 exhibitions and hundreds of programs. At its core is a strong belief that comics and cartoons are artforms worthy of study, preservation, and appreciation and that comics and cartoons can be used as a tool to both entertain and educate on a wide variety of topics. (



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