Cinders McLeod of the Globe and Mail has posted this article that grew out of our Toronto conference: Graphic medicine: female cartoonists tackle life’s dark moments “Lynn Johnston’s For Better or For Worse won millions of fans with largely autobiographical stories of family foibles. But for a growing wave of female artists, comic art has the potential to go deeper – speaking to the dark side of domestic life and personal demons. Their subject matter includes anorexia, abuse, depression and death. There’s humour to balance the pain, however. And a clear payoff to the genre, sometimes called ‘graphic medicine’: a healing… Read More
Edward Ross contacted me to flag up the recent science comics he has been making with researcher colleagues. These two web-based comics follow on from 2010’s Parasites! produced by Ross and molecular parasitologist Jamie Hall of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology in Glasgow. CLICK ON THE COVER IMAGES TO GO TO THE COMIC WEBSITES The Hope Beyond Hype graphic story grew from the desire of OptiStem, a large European consortium of stem cell researchers, to go beyond just explaining the science of stem cells. They wanted to depict the process they undertake as they try to move stem cell… Read More
Here is some information about a new series of books, entitled ‘Graphic Medicine’ from Penn State University Press. Click on the flyer below to view and download a .pdf file.
Science Tales Darryl Cunningham 2012 Myriad Editions 178 pp ISBN 978-0-9567926-8-6 Hardcover £11.99 Darryl Cunningham, a gentle and thoughtful man of imposing height, does not pull his punches when it comes to giving the spurious claims of homeopaths and chiropractors a sound drubbing. His new book Science Tales seeks, through the application of common sense and good science, to expose and dismiss the ‘lies, scams and hoaxes’ perpetrated by lazy journalists, corrupt corporate spin doctors and peddlers of snake oil. A comic book with a bibliography is a rare thing. Cunningham is admirably erudite and engages in extensive research while… Read More
A Call for ‘Graphic Memoirs’. Editors: John Stuart Clark & Theodore Stickley An undervalued feature of the recovery movement is the powerful narratives of those who have survived mental health problems and the psychiatric system. Increasingly people in distress or recovery have turned to the graphic medium of comics to tell their sensitive stories, sometimes collaborating with friends or therapists, more commonly working alone to produce a personal diary or recollection. While a few have emerged as published ‘graphic memoirs’, most never see the light of day, or at best, are only accessible as web-comics. Going some way to correct… Read More
Graphic Medicine Website Update– Design Brief GraphicMedicine.org is planning an upgrade and expansion to maintain it as the ‘go-to’ website for information regarding the interaction between comics and medicine. The website, set up in 2007 by Ian Williams, is merging with MK Czerwiec’s ‘Comic Nurse’ subsites which host information on the 2011 Chicago conference and the GraphicMedicine podcasts. Ian and MK have been jointly editing the GraphicMedicine blog, Twitter and Facebook accounts since last summer and will be running the new, upgraded site jointly. Graphic Medicine is looking for expressions of interest from web designers who subscribe to our cause and… Read More
Remember that our CFP for Toronto 2012 closes in just over a week. We have had a strong response so far, with more abstracts coming in each day, so make sure you send us your proposal if you want to take part.
Peter Dunlap-Shohl hosts a blog for people with an interest in Parkinson’s Disease. It started as an information clearinghouse for the Anchorage Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, where meeting schedules, agendas, speakers etc could be found, but it became a kind of therapeutic hobby. Then Peter started to make a comic, taking a look at PD. The 11 pages he has completed so far are viewable here.
My article has been published online first In BMJ Medical Humanities Med Humanities doi:10.1136/medhum-2011-010093 click on the image above to access the article, but you’ll need a subscription or an Athens Login. Or you could email me. Ian
In February, 2009, 16 medical students in their final year at Penn State College of Medicine enrolled in an elective course in Medical Humanities called “Graphic Storytelling and Medical Narratives.” The course was developed to show fourth-year medical students “how graphics and text can be used to effectively communicate complex medical narratives, and [to] develop their own stories into graphic depictions.” Taught seminar-style, the course requirements were minimal: participate in all classroom activities, be good colleagues to one another, and produce a short, original, illustrated story, or “Comic.” Of course not all medical students are naturally gifted writers or artists,… Read More