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: email@example.com. 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.