George McBean has been producing work for UNICEF for over 36 years, using his skill in the popularising of scientifically proven health information to produce graphic art to be used in the prevention of disease. He has spoken widely about the use of comics and graphics in health education. It is clear that George was involved in the work that we have, latterly, called Graphic Medicine, for many years, way before this website was launched and it was marvellous to hear from him when he got in touch after reading the recent BBC article. George was kind enough to write the… Read More
Kun Kwak is a F2 doctor in Ophthalmology at Manchester Royal Infirmary. He is writing a comic called Dr Quack about his experiences as a junior doc. He contacted me to find out more about Graphic Medicine and we met up and chatted over a coffee. He hails from Korea and his comics, illustrated by a friend, are rendered in a manwha style. Last week he gave a presentation at the Grand Round in the hospital and blew the judges away, winning first prize. See the report of his presentation here. See Kun’s work on Facebook.
Sherryl Vint and Lorenzo Servitje of UC Riverside are proposing an edited volume for the graphic medicine book series from Penn State University Press, and are looking for papers. This interdisciplinary call for papers invites proposals for an edited volume on zombies in comics and graphic novels through the lens of medical discourse. Like many tropes in science fiction, the zombie crosses discursive boundaries to become a metaphor used in clinical and scientific literature. For example, it becomes a figurative mediation for patients who experience “zombification” and the “dehumanizing” effects of illness and/or medical treatment, such as the numbing affect… Read More
In recent decades, Popular Culture has increasingly become the engine of social and cultural change. It also takes constitutive influence on the design of individual life concepts. Not least, popular culture is one of the most successful global culture industries. Thus, it is a representative culture with fundamental socio-political significance (see Kleiner 2012: 17). Popular Culture in its present form has emerged since the 1950 and can be understood as a social substructure which industrially produces diverse knowledge and concepts of knowledge as offers of information and entertainment. Popular Culture can be simultaneously understood as a way of communication, as… Read More
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.
Elaine Will is a Canadian cartoonist who just completed a graphic novel entitled ‘Look Straight Ahead’ about a teen boy’s struggle with depression/bipolar disorder. You can read it online here, for the time being: http://blog.e2w-illustration.com It’s been getting rave reviews…Kevin Bramer of Optical Sloth said “for a first graphic novel, it’s damn near perfect” and that it was “required reading for anyone who knows someone dealing with mental illness.” It’s also in the current Diamond Previews catalogue. If it gets enough orders, it will be officially released in print form in November. Elaine is also planning another graphic novel that… Read More
Sarah Lightman, Artist, Curator and co-founder of the marvellous Laydeez Do Comics of which Graphic Medicine is so fond, is currently working on a book, The Book of Sarah, for Myriad Editions. In this exerpt, featuring drawings of eggs, deals with Sarah’s feelings about starting a family. As Sarah explained to Paul Gravett in an interview for ArtReview (May 2013): ‘my life has many parallels with my namesake. The whole aspect of uncertainty in relation to parenthood is one of them. My title for my strip published in ArtReview is And God remembered Sarah, from Genesis 21:1, where Sarah finds herself pregnant as God… Read More
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 February 1, 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, email@example.com.
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
For those of you coming to Brighton for our conference, Prof Bobbie Farsides has produced this ‘Time Out’ guide just for you! Time out in Brighton (and Hove) If you have already looked at what to do and see in Brighton and Hove (as it is properly known) you will know that there is no shortage of websites from which to glean information. Brighton is known as the City by the Sea and has all that you need for urban living plus the sea and the surrounding Sussex Downs on our doorstep. If you have any association to Hove… Read More