2014 Baltimore Conference

Comics & Medicine:

From Private Lives to Public Health

June 26th to 28th, 2014 at the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Keynote Speakers:

Ellen Forney, Arthur W. Frank, James Sturm & Carol Tilley

Two panel excerpt from Ellen Forney’s graphic memoir, "Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me."  Panel one: Psychologist, calm, sitting in chair: “Medications wouldn’t necessarily make you not creative---“ Ellen, looking upset sitting on a chair: “Maybe, Maybe not, right?” Psychologist, calm, sitting in chair: “Well...” Ellen: “Why should I take the risk?!” Panel two: Psychologist, calm, sitting in chair: “Well, there’s the high suicide rate, + increased chance of hospitalization, + a probability of an increasing number of episodes that are increasingly difficult to treat.” Ellen looks sheepish and worried, sitting on chair.

 The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Department of Art as Applied to Medicine in collaboration with Graphic Medicine sponsored the fifth Comics & Medicine conference, a gathering of healthcare professionals, artists, academic scholars, comics enthusiasts, students, and various stakeholder groups. The organizing committee was chaired by Lydia Gregg, Instructor, Medical Illustrator, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Lydia was assisted by Cory Sandone, also a medical illustrator and professor in of the Art as Applied to Medicine program at Johns Hopkins.

Follow these links for conference information:

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We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors

The Department of Art as Applied to Medicine,
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

The Division of Interventional Neuroradiology,
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Diamond Comic Distributors

Office of Cultural Affairs,
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Small Press Exposition (SPX)

The Vesalius Trust

Center for Cartoon Studies

Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Atomic Books

Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

Email comics.medicine.2014@gmail.com to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

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One image excerpt from Ellen Forney’s graphic novel, “Marbles.” A simple figure with zig-zags and scribbles over her head. The scribbles are projecting on to a scribbly drawing that the figure is creating through a lightning bolt. Text: “The drawings both scared me + gave me comfort.”

Comic excerpts © 2012 Ellen Forney, from her graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me