On the first of April I submitted a piece to Alan Alda’s Flame Challenge. Apparently, when Alda was 11 he asked his teacher to explain a flame and received “it’s oxidation” as a rather unsatisfactory explanation. The Flame Challenge is a simple idea: have scientists explain what a flame is to an 11-year old. So, I thought “I’m a scientist. Kinda.” and then I thought “I explain science to kids with comics. Sorta.” So, I made the comic below. I just heard today that it wasn’t selected for the top 15. While it is sad to have my hopes extinguished, I really did enjoy the opportunity to think and write about a topic not normally in my wheelhouse. I am already thinking of ways to modify the story to turn it into the first few pages of a story on cellular respiration. So, it’s all good. I hope you enjoy it.