The Graphic Medicine Podcast is available again in the iTunes store. All 23 episodes are ready for download. Reviews are welcome and appreciated. You can also subscribe directly to the RSS feed here. Either way, subscribe because some great podcasts are on their way!
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
Use the Quicktime player above to view images along with the audio. If you don’t have Quicktime, you can listen to the audio-only version below. New Podcast Wednesdays are back! To open the many podcasts that will emerge from the 2012 Toronto Comics & Medicine conference, comics historian, commentator, publisher, and Comica festival organizer Paul Gravett gave the opening keynote to the Toronto Comics & Medicine conference, “Setting the Context: Developments in Graphic Medicine.” Enjoy our new podcast feed. It is not yet available via iTunes, but, fingers crossed, it will be shortly.
Michael Green reports that the Penn State medical library has this wonderful display and he swears he had nothing to do with it!
Guest blogger and conference presenter Steven Bergson gives us a rundown of Toronto’s finest. Some of you may be arriving in Toronto before the conference begins, while others may be staying along after the conference ends. Either way, you’ve probably got plans in mind for what to do while you’re here (besides attending our wonderful conference!). For those with no plans – or who might be looking for alternate options – I’ve prepared a small list of events, websites, and attractions to help you plan your itinerary. Toronto Websites Toronto Tourism http://www.seetorontonow.com Blog TO http://www.blogto.com/… Read More
For any participants and followers who might be Twitter users, we are planning to use the hashtag #comicsmedicinetoronto. We encourage live tweeting of the sessions as many people will be unable to be in Toronto but still interested in following the proceedings. And for those of us who are able to attend, there are, by necessity, concurrent sessions from which we’d love updates. All conference tweeting is greatly appreciated!
Outside the world of underground comix enthusiasts, Joyce Farmer is probably best known for her latest work, Special Exits (Fantagraphics 2010), a memoir (though the names are changed) of her experience caring for her parents during the last few years of their lives. Special Exits is Farmer’s first book-length comic, famously praised by Robert Crumb, but Farmer has been an important figure in comics since the 1970s. I’ll get back to Special Exits in a minute, but first I want to make sure to tell you about her work from the 70s. I wish I’d been more familiar with it… Read More
Joyce Brabner will be the first keynote speaker at the upcoming Comics and Medicine conference. Guest blogger Mita Mahato looks at the overlapping commitment to comics and activism that characterizes Brabner’s life. Perhaps the most apparent link that joins Joyce Brabner to Graphic Medicine is Our Cancer Year (1994), the comics memoir she wrote with her late husband, Harvey Pekar. Blending the perspectives of caregiver Brabner and patient Pekar, the book (illustrated by Frank Stack) not only highlights the gritty realities of cancer, chemotherapy, and the effects both have on mind and body, but also positions that illness within the… Read More
Gary Ashwal over at Booster Shot Comics presents a “Reading List Before Comics & Medicine.” Great idea, Gary! Looking forward to meeting you and Alex and hearing about your work.