I’m Charlie Manzano, a student at SF State minoring in comic studies. Melahomos is a comic I wrote this past Spring for a Queer Comics class final. It’s about my experience meeting a fellow young trans person with melanoma during the pandemic, Lex. It shows some of our experiences building a friendship while navigating the medical system and “cancer culture.” It’s about dealing with the ins and outs of navigating facial cancer microaggressions, transphobia in medicine, and a social and medical framework that blames patients for their disease – especially commonly “blameable” cancers, like melanoma. I chose this topic because I… Read More
guest post by Lydia Wysocki, Janice McLaughlin, and Heather Wilson We’re a team of social science researchers (JMcL and LW) and comics creators (HW and LW) who have previously worked with clinical staff to make patient information materials for use in specific clinical contexts (see My MRI!). As a legacy of that work, we wanted to use those experiences to help more people get started with their own creative approaches to patient information. This blog post shares our set of new free resources made with the Great North Children’s Hospital (Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust), designed to jumpstart creative approaches… Read More
I’m Melissa Delapp-Ramos, a San Francisco State University student and paraeducator at San Francisco Unified School District. I am studying the Humanities and Comic Studies, but spend most of my time explaining what any of that has to do with working in Special Educaiton. My favorite part of working as a Paraeducator is managing challenging behaviors from students who were often unable to regulate themselves without support. To do this, I focus on the ‘why’ of the most challenging behaviors I’ve seen. Why does he pee on his desk whenever I ask him to read a book? Why does grandma report… Read More
Working, studying or even navigating the healthcare field can be a rollercoaster on a good day – throw in a global pandemic, and the emotional and physical exhaustion of every community instantly skyrocketed. In this difficult time, it is even more important to understand Compassion Fatigue – also known as the negative cost of caring, when you put a little too much of yourself into caring for others in need, that you lose a part of yourself, along with the ability to feel compassion for others. I created this comic for physiotherapy students during my final year studies – it… Read More
Smiling through the mask. A traveling book Author: Danièle Archambault, Linguist and Cartoonist. #SmilingThruTheMask Smiling through the mask Smiling through the mask. A traveling book is a collection of humorous cartoons about life during the COVID-19 pandemic. This “traveling book” edition was made possible with the support of the Palo Alto Public Art Program through its ArtLift Microgrants. During the summer of 2021, 100 copies of this book were deposited in neighborhood book boxes and public place, throughout Palo Alto. People can enjoy it for a while and then pass it on to someone else. The goal is to help… Read More
My name is Alf Inge Hellevik, and I live in Ålesund – Norway. I started to study art before changing to medicine – but never stopped drawing. I am a specialist in orthopedic surgery and now combine clinical work with medical illustration. I also hold a PhD in epidemiology. How to Raise a PhD is an autobiographical story from when I found a small PhD-animal and decided to bring it back home to raise it. You can purchase the full book in my shop. Want to see the whole book? You can purchase it in my shop!
This Visible Voices podcast, hosted by Resa Lewiss, MD, focuses on health, equity, and trends in medicine. Graphic Medicine has been the topic of two recent episodes. Click on the images below to listen to each episode. Thank you to Resa for featuring the work of Graphic Medicine! Ian Williams and Shirlene Obuobi were in conversation in episode 37. MK Czerwiec and Mike Natter were in conversation in episode 48.
The Drawing Together community again gathered on Sunday, June 27. Our host was KC Councilor. KC is a cartoonist and communication professor at Southern Connecticut State University. Many of his comics are about being a trans and transitioning person in the world. You can see more of his work and get a copy of his 2019 book Between You and Me: Transitional Comics at www.kccouncilor.com. Be sure to check out the terrific video about his work with another former DT host, Lynda Barry. KC started our time together sharing his comic, “Dear Doctor” (which can also be read here). Then… Read More
LITERATURE AND MEDICINE : CALL FOR COMICS “RUBBISH” Volume 40, Number 1, Spring 2022 Comics Editor: MK Czerwiec This issue of Literature and Medicine will interrogate expressions of hunger and waste in both literary and biomedical contexts. The issue’s Front Matter will feature essays, comics, and artwork that responds to the word rubbish. We welcome comics that address or engage with it as a noun, verb, or adjective, or something else entirely. Submissions that invite or challenge readers to see rubbish in unexpected ways are especially welcome. Literature and Medicine is a peer-reviewed journal publishing scholarship that explores representational and… Read More
Guest post by Martin Eden First up, a little bit of background about myself. I was always a nervous person when I was growing up – a worrier. I was often held back by my nerves or a lack of confidence, and this translated in my 20s into various anxiety-related problems like general pains around my body which resulted in various trips to the doctors/hospitals. And then things went downhill. I was in my late 20s, living in London, and I just couldn’t get to sleep one night. My mind was whirling but also my chest felt really tight, and then… Read More