This week sees the publication of two new important papers on Graphic Medicine. Here are direct links to the online papers. The first is published with open access on the excellent Comics Grid website: ‘Graphic Medicine’ as a Mental Health Information Resource: Insights from Comics Producers Authors: Anthony Farthing ,Ernesto Priego Abstract Recent literature suggests that a growing number of comics are being published on health-related topics, including aspects of mental health and social care (Williams 2012; Czerwiec et al 2015) and that comics are increasingly being used in higher education settings as information resources. This article offers insights from comics creators… Read More
MK and I are applying for a grant to upgrade and professionalise the web site. We run it as a labour of love, and, although we have gratefully received sponsorship in the past to cover web hosting and maintenance, it costs us in time and money to keep it going, and we are both increasingly busy with freelance work, which is what keeps a roof over our respective heads. We rely on the good will of guest reviewers and bloggers to contribute without reward, or in exchange for a review copy of a graphic novel, and we would like to remedy this… Read More
The short comic “Mr. S Changes Doctors” was created by Comic Nurse MK Czerwiec, in collaboration with University of Chicago physicians Amber Pincavage and Vineet Arora. Click through for full comic here. In his post highlighting the Annals articles to be used for medical teaching, under the category “Humanism and Professionalism,” Annals editor Darren Taichman writes, “This short graphic narrative succinctly tells the story of a patient whose blood work “fell through the cracks” during the transition from one primary care doctor to another. Use this story to: Ask your graduating senior residents how they will plan for the transition… Read More
The Graphic Medicine podcast episodes that will arise from the 2014 conference at Johns Hopkins will be posted in video form on YouTube. In preparation, I (MK) have created a Graphic Medicine playlist. Already on the channel are some existing and new “intro to Graphic Medicine” videos. First up is Michael Green & myself presenting at Mayo Clinic’s TRANSFORM conference last year. Next up is Lydia Gregg introducing comics and medicine for Johns Hopkins. Behind Lydia is the comic she created to summarize the 2014 conference. Lydia is followed by Dana Walrath’s TEDx talk describing her “Aliceheimers” project and how… Read More
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Comics and Mental Health: A special themed edition of Asylum magazine Comics, graphic novels and sequential art are currently receiving critical attention in academic disciplines while enjoying widespread acclaim through popular culture. Many of the most acclaimed comics, and related tie-ins, utilise themes and characters that directly or indirectly touch on mental health in ways that are potentially thoughtful, challenging and provocative but also manipulative, voyeuristic and stereotypical. Key examples are the characters of Delirium and Despair in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, and the Joker in both Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy of films and in the… Read More
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.
Due to production changes, the deadline for the Special Issue on Graphic Medicine of Configurations, the Journal of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, has been moved up to January 15, 2014. Submissions, in the form of essays, comics, and any combination of the two, as well as any questions, should be sent to Susan Squier, firstname.lastname@example.org. Any submission should include 2-3 sentences of biographical information, your name, email address, and hard mail address.
from Nina Mickwitz: Dear comics scholars, this is to inform you all that the date for Transitions 4 – New directions in Comics Studies has been moved forward by a week, with a reminder that our call for papers is open until the end of July. Transitions will now take place on Saturday the 26th of October 2013, at Birkbeck, University of London, London WC1E 7HX We are pleased to announce that Dr Ann Miller (University of Leicester, joint editor of European Comic Art) will be giving the keynote, and that Dr Roger Sabin (Central St. Martins, University of the… Read More
Two new pieces that feature Michael Green’s work at Penn State Hershey. First, a blog post from his class’s visiting comic artist, JT Waldman. Dr. Michael Green, the svelte bespectacled professor who invites me each year to his class at Penn State College of Medicine, greets me along the train tracks as he normally does. Michael has had me guest teach his Graphic Storytelling & Medical Narratives course for the last few years. We met back in 2009, when I did some workshops at his local community center. Since then, Dr. Green has tasked me to help his students develop their… Read More
David Small is giving a keynote address at the conference A Narrative Future for Healthcare in Kings College, London, which is likely to be a landmark event in narrative medicine, being a collaborative venture between Kings and Columbia University. The organisers have made extra tickets available for non-delegates who would like to attend David’s talks. These are limited to 60 so early booking is essential. You can book by clicking on the image below.