Lucy Bergonzi is an illustrator with a background in community arts, and has extensive experience in arts and project work in the voluntary and community sectors. Here she describes the process of producing the book ‘A Day at the Beach’, published by Books Beyond Words in April 2016, which she illustrated and co-authored with groups of adults with learning disabilities. In 2015 I started illustrating for the publisher Books Beyond Words, who produce books for adults who have learning disabilities. Telling stories through pictures, without the use of words, the books support empowerment and inclusion for people who don’t… Read More
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
Special guest blog by Megan Diddie Megan Diddie is an artist working in Chicago. Her work centers around the human body and its’ relationship to the environment. This past year I started having numerous conversations with a dear friend about the human microbiome. She was in the process of rebuilding her gut flora and fauna through a change in diet. One of things that fascinated me about my friend’s process was thinking about the body in this more fluid state and how interconnected it is with the world – the things we eat, the air we breath, the bodies we touch, and then where those things… Read More
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
The final podcast out of the 2013 Brighton Comics & Medicine conference is now available. This episode features Simon Moreton’s talk, “Toward a Different Way of Looking” in which he discusses his work as a comics artist in the context of a community and addressing mental health issues. Simon’s new website is at http://www.smoo-comics.com. He recently completed his new book, Plans We Made. More info here. Use the Quicktime player below to view images along with the audio of this presentation. If you don’t have Quicktime, you can listen to an audio-only version of the keynote presentation below.
You may have noticed an interruption in the podcasting of presentations from Brighton. This has been due to both poor audio quality and time constraints. Hoping to get a few more of those presentations audible and edited before our Baltimore conference. In the meantime, Michael Green was kind enough to interview me, MK Czerwiec, while we were on a mini-speaking tour of Southern California. Michael is a gifted interviewer, and I can babble about Graphic Medicine at a moment’s notice. Hope you enjoy our chat.
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
In recent decades, Popular Culture has increasingly become the engine of social and cultural change. It also takes constitutive influence on the design of individual life concepts. Not least, popular culture is one of the most successful global culture industries. Thus, it is a representative culture with fundamental socio-political significance (see Kleiner 2012: 17). Popular Culture in its present form has emerged since the 1950 and can be understood as a social substructure which industrially produces diverse knowledge and concepts of knowledge as offers of information and entertainment. Popular Culture can be simultaneously understood as a way of communication, as… Read More