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
Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC), October 13-16, 2016, Columbus Ohio By Kevin Wolf As the festival director, Tom Spurgeon, wrote in the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) brochure, “For one week every Fall, it’s our mission to make Columbus the cartooning capital of the world.” CXC is more than a comic convention. It provides cartoonists, academics, fans, and anyone else interested a place to meet, hear presentations, get books signed, buy comic works, and discuss all things comics. For those interested in Comics & Medicine aspects, there might be cartoonists who wrote medicine-related graphic novels or memoirs. Or one might hear an… Read More
Much conference follow-up to come, but in the meantime, thought participants (and perhaps others) might like to see how that day-long comic jam ended. (It was late, there was alcohol involved.) Don’t really know who started it – I remember seeing it with two or three panels pinned to a board somewhere during the day Saturday. Then it showed up at dinner, and the rest is, well, this. Thanks to all who played along.
Spanish physician and cartoonist Monica Lalanda has published a collection of her recent works. She will be presenting work from the book at the 2016 Comics & Medicine conference in Dundee, Scotland. A review of her book will post to the site soon. From the book jacket: We take it for granted that doctors are irrefutably ethic in their behavior and knowledgeable of their ethical codes, but what if they aren’t? What would Medicine be like if physicians behaved without any conscience or without any rules? This revolutionary book will make many doctors reflect on their own attitude, it will… Read More
Artist Lisa Wilde has created a moving and beautifully drawn graphic medicine narrative series which can be viewed on Mutha Magazine. The story is called, “Lacunae: Elegy For My Mother.” Lisa writes of this five-installment project, “This serialized webzine has a spare narrative, the power (I hope) is carried primarily by the drawings, which are childlike and visceral. A friend said they were a cross between Chagall and Munch, with a little Eva Hesse thrown in.”