On this week’s show, two doctors making comics. First up is an interview with Carlo Jose San Juan, the creator of Callous Comics, a comic strip from the Philippines that tells the story of a doctor and her guardian duck. Later in the episode I talk with Ian Williams about his weekly Guardian strip Sick Notes. Click below to play the episode, or subscribe to the Graphic Medicine Podcast in iTunes. The Graphic Medicine podcast is brought to you by Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, Department of Humanities.
In this week’s Graphic Medicine podcast, the first in a series, we’ll hear two lightning presentations from the 2015 Comics & Medicine conference in Riverside, California. Both presentations discuss how making art and comics helps create meaning and understanding, and can, in some cases, change behavior. You can listen to an image-enhanced version of the podcast here: Or you can find the episode in iTunes here. First we’ll hear from Roderick Castle, an art therapist in Rochester, New York, who works with veterans. You can learn more about Roderick from his feature in this month’s “Art Therapy Today”, published by the… Read More
In this entertaining, reflective, and insightful talk from his workshop at the 2105 Comics & Medicine conference, doctor and New Yorker staff cartoonist Ben Schwartz tracks the history of doctors, medicine, and health as reflected in the single-panel gag cartoons of the New Yorker Magazine. He also shares reflections from a few fellow New Yorker cartoonists on medicine in comics, and tips for making a gag comic of your own. Keep an eye on your screen, there are over 200 comics in this presentation! If your browser supports Quicktime, you can watch it in the first window below. If it… Read More
Today’s podcast features a presentation by cartoonist Tyler Page from the 2015 Comics & Medicine conference in Riverside, California in which he describes the ways making comics helped with his ADHD. Tyler Page is working on his first graphic memoir, Raised on Ritalin: A Medicated Memoir. He tells us how making comics helped him manage his ADHD. Keep an eye on your screens because Tyler shared his many slides, and the images are matched up to his talk. Graphic Medicine News Penn State University Press announces the release of Peter Dunlop Shohl’s graphic memoir My Degeneration, available now. I’m hoping to interview Peter… Read More
Alan Peterkin’s book, “Staying Human During Residency Training-How To Survive and Thrive After Medical School” (University of Toronto Press) will be going into a sixth edition in the US/Canada and a new, fully revised UK edition next year (co-edited by Alan Bleakley). Alan wants to include some graphic panels about the medical training experience-positive encounters/conflicts and stressors/reflections on the overall experience and is open each chapter with one or two panels or even one provocative illustration. Submissions can be sent to this email = email@example.com . Folks should indicate that the submitted work is original and that they authorize inclusion in both US/UK versions of… Read More
Dr. Yemi Sanusi writes fictional stories about the internal workings of the human body so that people can learn more about what goes on in their bodies in a fun way. In 2011 she published a book, Heads and Tales, which focused on malaria. “When a young cell, Bain, is sent by the mother-body to take command of the yet-to-be-born baby Eva, his limited experience makes him unsure of what to expect. Faced with the daily challenges of maintaining a healthy human body, he has a lot more to contend with when intruders like bacteria and malaria agents invade his… Read More
Prof. Michael Green of Penn State Medical School, who edits the Graphic Medicine section of the Annals of Internal Medicine, has contributed his second comic strip to the series. Illustrated by Ray Rieck, Betty P. examines the ethics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation coding in patients with a terminal prognosis. Michael initiated the innovative comics course at the Hershey Medical School, which has proven very popular among students. He is a member of the steering committee of the annual Comics and Medicine conferences. Click on the image or read the strip here.
Longtime collaborators in Graphic Medicine, Alex Thomas and Gary Ashwal have had their asthma education comic, Iggy and The Inhalers, printed. Graphic Medicine is eagerly awaiting a copy. In the mean time, the collaborative duo have put the whole thing online here. The website teaches kids with asthma about asthma symptoms, asthma treatment, and asthma medications using comics, videos, and free downloads. Considering he is a board-certified pediatric allergist, and has spent a good deal of his adult life treating sick children, Alex Thomas, MD is a ridiculously good draughtsman. I’m jealous of his drawing skills. Gary and Alex… Read More
George McBean has been producing work for UNICEF for over 36 years, using his skill in the popularising of scientifically proven health information to produce graphic art to be used in the prevention of disease. He has spoken widely about the use of comics and graphics in health education. It is clear that George was involved in the work that we have, latterly, called Graphic Medicine, for many years, way before this website was launched and it was marvellous to hear from him when he got in touch after reading the recent BBC article. George was kind enough to write the… Read More
Kun Kwak is a F2 doctor in Ophthalmology at Manchester Royal Infirmary. He is writing a comic called Dr Quack about his experiences as a junior doc. He contacted me to find out more about Graphic Medicine and we met up and chatted over a coffee. He hails from Korea and his comics, illustrated by a friend, are rendered in a manwha style. Last week he gave a presentation at the Grand Round in the hospital and blew the judges away, winning first prize. See the report of his presentation here. See Kun’s work on Facebook.