O’Chang’s cartoon explanation of climate change in Maine up for national award

The National Science Foundation’s long-running Visualization Challenge — now more commonly referred to as The Vizzies — seeks to honor illustrations of scientific principles and advancements so as to make them accessible to larger audiences.

There are award categories for posters, interactive displays, photography and more.

In the video category, Maine’s own O’Chang Comics is among those in the running, thanks to its work explaining the effects of climate change on Maine and its waters.

Voting for the People’s Choice Vizzie awards can be done online by clicking here, and winners in each category will get $500 and be featured in the March edition of Popular Science magazine.

(There’s also an Experts’ Choice award decided by Popular Science and National Science Foundation judges, with a prize of $2,500.)

The midcoast humorist/animator couple behind O’Chang are perhaps best known in Maine for producing the cartoon adventures of the endearingly profane Green Bud Kelly and his hipster tag-along Atom, poking fun at Maine stereotypes.

But this recent work alongside the Maine Sea Grant Program at the University of Maine may get the duo even greater exposure — and access to a totally different audience.