“The Graphic Medicine 2021 UnConvention: What Are You Working On?” Call for Videos! The Graphic Medicine International Collective is pleased to announce our 2021 UnConvention , whose unorthodox theme and form are created in response to the unconventional circumstances in which we are currently living. Our conference theme: What are you working on? Our conference date: August 13-15, 2021 Our place: online, participation link to be distributed with conference registration Our format: self-made, one-minute videos that we will organize for collective viewing and discussion. We invite participants to submit one-minute videos that address the conference theme: What are you working on in… Read More
To respond to the cancellation of our 2020 Graphic Medicine conference in Toronto, to combat the social isolation of pandemic-related lockdowns, and to support and promote community, the Graphic Medicine International Cooperative (GMIC) launched a free weekly virtual meet-up called “Drawing Together” on April 6. We provided a Zoom link, a topic, and a group facilitator. Members of the world-wide Graphic Medicine community gathered to draw, support one another, and share. See links below to the first thirteen weekly sessions that ran until June 28. This page will serve as an ongoing archive of our sessions. Our intention is to… Read More
Posts updated 04/26/21 On March 15, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Even before then, dozens of comics about COVID-19 began coming across our news and social media feeds. Graphic Medicine website co-managers MK Czerwiec, RN and Alice Jaggers, MLS have curated many of them here. We include only comics with reliable information in the following categories. Click on the buttons below to see the comics in that category. As of 09/20/20, the most recent comic in each category will be displayed first. Please let us know if you come across comics that should be included here…. 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
The MadZines research project is exploring how zines craft contention about mental health knowledge and practice. One of the purposes of the project is to explore the potential of zines to foster dialogue about contested issues in mental health. As part of this, the project team are having a series of dialogues with Mad-Zinesters (people who create and share zines about madness and distress). In the following extract from one of these conversations, Helen Spandler (HS) talks to Meg-John Barker (MJB) about how the comic graphics in their zines ‘craft contention’ about mental health. HS: Can you remember how… Read More
Guest Post by Sarah Russo I gravitated towards natural healing since I was a child. There has always been something alluring about finding medicine from the Earth. The concept that plants have compounds that directly interact and encourage our body’s own innate ability to heal is, to me, one of the planet’s greatest masteries. I come from a family of doctors. My mom was a nurse and my dad a neurologist. My grandpa and uncle were veterinarians. I used to think I wanted to be an animal doctor and take over the family practice one day. But then I realized… 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