Welcome to a new season of the Graphic Medicine Podcast! On today’s show, audio from the opening night of the Seattle Comics & Medicine conference, Thursday June 15. You will hear from three speakers in a row. The first will be Seattle conference organizer and host Mita Mahato. Mita is a Seattle-based cut paper, collage, and comics artist, whose work explores the transformative capacities of found and handmade papers. She is also an Associate Professor of English at the University of Puget Sound, serves on the board for the arts organization Short Run Seattle, one of the sponsors of the… Read More
Later today the kickoff events for the 2017 Comics & Medicine Conference will begin in Seattle. The excitement level here is off the charts! If you are in the Seattle area, remember, many of the events are open to the public. Registration for the full conference is full, but public events are in pink on the schedule linked below. You can follow the moment-to-moment conference events two ways. First, via the dynamic schedule of conference events, including public programming, is available here. The second, more up-to-the-moment way is via social media. Remember, if you are tweeting at the conference or… Read More
On Friday, Ian & MK taught a Graphic Medicine workshop to the medical illustration students at the University of Toronto. The students were very excited and engaged – in fact, despite it being a Friday evening, many stuck around to chat informally after the workshop ended. Saturday and Sunday the Graphic Medicine TCAF table was very active! In fact, all of the books you see on the table on the right (and all the backup copies) SOLD OUT! On Saturday late afternoon Ian Williams, Kriota Willberg, Gareth Brooks, and I (MK Czerwiec) participated in a panel about Graphic Medicine…. Read More
PathoGraphics research team at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany announces this upcoming conference and call for papers: Stories of Illness / Disability in Literature and Comics. Intersections of the Medical, the Personal, and the Cultural October 27-28, 2017 in Berlin, Germany Keynote speaker: Leigh Gilmore (Wellesley College), Author of The Limits of Autobiography: Trauma and Testimony (2001) and Tainted Witness: Why we doubt what women say about their lives (2017) This two-day academic conference examines the ways in which knowledge and experience of illness and disability circulate within the realms of medicine, art, the personal and the cultural. We invite papers that… Read More
REMINDER: Monday, January 30 at midnight PST is the abstract submission deadline for the 2017 Comics & Medicine conference. The conference theme is Access Points. Read conference lead organizer Mita Mahato’s discussion of the theme here. Proposals should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Format and details available here.
MK’s quick Q&A with Seattle conference lead organizer Mita Mahato. Mita is a cut paper and comics artist as well as an associate professor of English at the University of Puget Sound. She serves on the board of directors for Short Run Seattle and is a teaching artist with local organizations like the Henry Art Gallery and SIFF. This spring, she will be Artist in Residence at the School of Medicine at UC Riverside. She began attending the Comics and Medicine conferences in 2011 and has been on the conference steering committee since 2015. MK: Tell us about the conference theme… Read More
We are thrilled to introduce our 2017 conference art by Seattle-based artist E.T. Russian! E.T. is a multi-sensory artist, author, filmmaker, performer, educator and healthcare provider. We think they did an incredible job of representing this year’s theme and can’t wait to see the image on the conference swag.
A Spanish hospital uses 1940s/50s “vintage” comic style posters to raise awareness re the correct use of antibiotics. guest post by E-M Lammas Antibiotic resistance is a real and pressing public health challenge. An awareness raising campaign in a Spanish hospital aimed to address some of the factors contributing to resistance development by highlighting the need for prudent use of antibiotics in order to preserve the effectiveness of antimicrobial drugs; reminding staff that everyone has a role to play . The campaign at the University Hospital, La Paz in the Spanish capital Madrid will, now, thanks to the Spanish Medicines… Read More
2017 Comics & Medicine Conference Seattle Public Library Central Branch ACCESS POINTS June 15th – 17th, 2017 Confirmed Keynote Speakers • Rupert Kinnard created the first LGBTQ-identified African American comic strip characters in his groundbreaking series Cathartic Comics. His comics work—including his much anticipated memoir-in-progress LifeCapsule Project—spans all facets of his personal identity, from race, gender, and sexuality to classism, ageism, and disability. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Arts Foundation in 2013. • Georgia Webber is a comics artist, craniosacral therapist, meditation facilitator, and radio producer living in the cities of Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario. Her most notable comics… Read More