Last week was an exciting one for graphic medicine. We were hosted by the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD to celebrate their new exhibit and graphic medicine collection curated by Ellen Forney. Our celebration day culminated in a panel conversation event with Patricia Brennan, director of the NLM. Director Brennan is a nurse with a unique perspective on the importance of graphic medicine. “Without graphic medicine we were incomplete…it addresses an unaddressed dimension of health and it provided us a way to archive these expressions of that dimension.” -Patricia Brennan In an interview for the Graphic Medicine Podcast, director… Read More
The February 2018 issue of the AMA’s online Journal of Ethics is devoted entirely to Graphic Medicine and Health Care Ethics. It’s an open access journal and, in addition to fourteen articles discussing the issue’s topic, it also includes an interview with two comic artists who created important works of graphic medicine, Brian Fies and Phoebe Potts. Be sure to check the entire issue out. Lots of great stuff in it. The AMA has also conducted two special online features to accompany the issue. The first was a week-long online discussion forum titled, “Using Comics to Promote Person-Centered Medicine.” Participants… Read More
New podcast episode! 2017 Seattle conference keynote Hillary Chute discusses comics in the area of illness and disability. Her talk was titled, “Comics and Psychic States: Access, Interiority, Circulation” and she is introduced by Susan Squier. This talk is based on a chapter of her new book Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere. This episode is also available in the iTunes feed if you want to listen and take a walk, which is always encouraged. In the intro to the episode I mention an amazing conference Hillary organized here in Chicago. You can learn more about it at this link and… Read More
Author Will Sperduto is a graduate of Duke University, with a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology and global health and a master’s degree in biomedical sciences. He is planning a career in medicine. Cartooncology is his first book. He seeks to “strengthen the humanity in medicine by continuing to contribute to the advancement of medical education and patient care.” To celebrate the release of his book, MK asked him a few questions. What is this book? Cartooncology: Thoughtful Images of Cancer is a collection of illustrations that introduces individuals of all ages and backgrounds to different ways of thinking about the illness. These… Read More
Our Graphic Medicine YouTube playlist now has over 50 videos. Episodes of The Graphic Medicine Podcast are frequently posted as videos so images from talks can be seen. You can see a list of all videos in the playlist here. More very special content surprises are to come in the new year. If you don’t want to miss out, subscribe to our playlist to get email alerts when new videos are added.
In September, Dr. Shelley Wall gave the opening address of the Hiram College Graphic Medicine series. We are thrilled that Shelly and her hosts at Hiram have been kind enough to share her talk with us, entitled, “Medical Illustration and the Language of Comics: From Medical Graphics to Graphic Medicine.” Support for this podcast comes from Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Humanities, the nation’s oldest Humanities Department within a medical school, pioneers of innovations in medical education since 1967. To learn more about Penn State College of Medicine Department of Humanities, go to www2.med.psu.edu/humanities.
Call For Papers This year’s Comics and Medicine Conference invites participants to share and reflect upon how graphic medicine works. In the context of health and its relationship to comics, “work” can refer to a number of activities: the work of medical and related professionals; the functioning of our bodies and minds; the creation or study of artistic and educational materials; the study of the archive or images/texts; work with reader communities; and the organization of collaborative community health efforts. The spaces in which “work” takes place provide another point of reflection: public healthcare centers, classrooms, home studios, private clinics,… Read More
MK here. Just back from Berlin where Ian and I had the great honor of attending and speaking at the PathoGraphics conference and seeing the amazing Sick! art exhibit. There is much to report – far more than I can give fair coverage to here, as I took 29 pages of notes during the four days of events, but I want to highlight a few things. First, there is a chronologic Storify of all of the tweets arising from the conference. (You can also find PDFs of the art exhibit and conference program here.) Included in the Storify you will… Read More
MK here, recently back from the Vermont Folklife Center’s “Pulp Culture Comic Arts Festival and Symposium“. I am very grateful to have been invited to attend and participate. Though I was not able to be at two important opening events, lectures by Art Spiegelman and Joe Sacco, I was able to participate in the full day of panels on Saturday, covering topics such as Graphic Journalism, Autobio Comics, Graphic Ethnography, as well as Historical Comics. You can click over to my blog for my sketch notes from those rich panels. My notes are augmented by those of Kurt Shaffert, who generously permitted me… Read More
FULL PROGRAM ANNOUNCED! October 27-29, 2017, Berlin The PathoGraphics research group at Freien Universität Berlin, Germany (Prof. Dr. Irmela Marei Krüger-Fürhoff, Prof. Dr. Susan Merrill Squier, Dr. Nina Schmidt, Stef Lenk, Alexandra Hummel) presents this international conference. www.fsgs.fu-berlin.de/pathographics Venue: Berlin Museum of Medical History at the Charité, The Lecture Hall Ruin/Hörsaalruine, Charitéplatz 1, D – 10117 Berlin This 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. Speakers address this question from a variety of different perspectives, including literary scholarship, comics studies, media studies,… Read More