Rise of the Aqua(wo)man: Our Comic-Con Panel

As I mentioned a few weeks back, we are again orchestrating a number of science and technology themed panels to be held at San Diego Comic-Con this year. Another approved panel is titled “Rise of the Aqua(wo)man” and here is the description:

Rise of the Aqua(wo)man
The idea of a water-breathing superhero is nothing new. In fact, “Namor the Sub-Mariner” appeared in 1939, six months before Batman premiered. Since that time, numerous Atlanteans and water-breathing humanoids have graced the pages of our favorite comic books. Heroes like Aquaman, Hydroman, Fathom, the Fin, Dolphin, Aqualad/Tempest, and Merboy are just a few of the prominent subsea protagonists we’ve seen grace the pages of our favorite comic books.

As millions have seen via the free diving videos on YouTube, humans never been closer to becoming an aquatic being reminiscent of the ideal set by these Atlanteans. Thanks to breakthroughs in physiology and technology, there are now humans like panelist Mandy-Rae Cruickshank who have descended to 289 ft on one breath, and the world record for breath holding is now an astonishing 22 minutes.

In this session, panelists will discuss how aquanauts are living undersea for extended periods, how science is extending the abilities of humans, and what tips and techniques can make us all a bit more like Namor.

Joining me onstage will be world champion free-diver and record-holder Mandy-Rae Cruickshank, along with the President/Founder of Performance Freediving International Kirk Krack and others TBA.

See Kirk in action in this video Wreckage by Water Born. It’s the first of a series of creative freediving films about the rise of Homoaquaticus from Homosapiens.