The Slate Twins: Caught in the Currents Vol. 1 is written and illustrated by Jeff Knurek, cartoonist of the syndicated Jumble puzzle, seen in newspapers around the world

WASHINGTON (4 March 2020) – Cartoonist Jeff Knurek steps into the world of engineering with a new, original comic book series – The Slate Twins: Caught in the Currents – launching today from IEEE-USA.

“A new duo of heroes is in town, ready to do battle with the forces of evil,” said Georgia Stelluto, Publications Manager at IEEE-USA. “The Slate Twins is our first digital and print comic book with electrical engineering superheroes, featuring technology both real and fantasy to help fuel imaginations and stimulate the minds of readers of any age.”

In crafting this ambitious first volume, IEEE-USA needed an author with serious comic chops, bringing in Michigan-born cartoonist Jeff Knurek. “I’ve always had a love of technology, and this origin story for The Slate Twins certainly leans on that,” said Knurek. “There are death rays, circuit boards, miniaturization, bionic prosthetics, time travel, a cool plot twist and more. What’s not to like?”

Since tragically losing their parents, twins Nick and Tess Slate have lived with their grandfather. Coming from a long line of inventors, Grandpa Dane pushes the curiosity of the young brother and sister. But they discover more than they could have imagined, and soon realize all is not what it seems.

The Slate Twins: Caught in the Currents Vol. 1 is available now as an e-book from the IEEE-USA Online Shop, plus a limited quantity of print copies available free for schools, conferences and other events. Please contact Georgia Stelluto at for print requests.



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Corey Ruth
Media Relations Associate, IEEE-USA Communications