I came across this blog entry about making a comics instead of lengthy explanations about your research:
Almost every grad student struggles with the difficulty of explaining your dissertation topic to strangers (not to mention friends and family) without launching into an hour long lecture on the topic.
One enterprising geographer has come up with a unique solution to the problem: write a comic book. Ju Hui Judy Han at UC Berkely participated in the 24 hour comic day in 2006. The challenge was to write 24 pages in 24 hours. She chose to write about her dissertation.
That’s a great idea. I think I will try that, too.