Artist and educator Riva Lehrer talks with MK about bodies, her portrait series Circle Stories, her anatomical art lecture beauty and variation, disability culture and community, medicine, comics, Graphic Medicine, the recent University of Chicago Comics Conference and more. Riva teaches life drawing at the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern Medical School. The Paper Mirror: Drawing Alison Bechdel is a film by Charissa King-O’Brien that documents Riva’s collaboration with cartoonist Alison Bechdel. A screening of the film will be the opening night event at the Comics & Medicine 2012 Toronto conference. Riva can be contacted through her website.
This week’s Graphic Medicine podcast is actually a Laydeez do Comics podcast! Alex Fitch presents Comic Nurse (that’s me) and Sarah Leavitt at Laydeez in London, recorded on November of 2011. (above: The Graphic Medicine section of Blackwell’s Wellcome Collection bookshop, London. Tangles by Sarah Leavitt is on the right and two of my books are on the left. The center book, Billy, Me, & You is by Laydeez organizer Nicola Streeten. ) Visuals for the comics I discuss can be found by digging around here. “Taking Turns,” my book in progress, can be found here. Sarah Leavitt’s website is here, which… 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.
Thanks to the amazing Ian Hague at Comics Forum, the 2011 Chicago Comics & Medicine conference is now the second archived academic conference on his site. This is a wonderful resource for us all!
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. Ian Williams is a doctor of medicine and comics creator under the pseudonym Thom Ferrier. He coined the term Graphic Medicine and set up the website to serve as a resource on the convergence of comics and medicine. Simon Moreton is doctor of human geography and comics creator under the name Smoo. He also established the better, drawn site which features,“Comics drawn by people with experience of living with long-term mental and physical illnesses.” Together they spoke to Shelley… Read More
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
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. On 27 April, as part of the Ethics in Performance series at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Dr. Sue Eckstein presents the panel, “Graphic Medicine at Work.” In this second half of the event, Nye Wright discusses the relationships in the Venn diagram of ethics, medicine, and art. He also discusses his graphic novel, Things To Do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park When You Are 29 and Unemployed. Nye’s talk is followed by a Q&A… 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. On 27 April, as part of the Ethics in Performance series at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Dr. Sue Eckstein presents the panel, “Graphic Medicine at Work.” In this first of two podcast episodes of the event, geriatrician Muna Al-Jawad delivers her illustrated talk, “Comics Are Good for Your Health.” In it she presents five ways that comics improve the health and well being of medical professionals. Immediately following is a talk by illustrator Nicola Streeten… Read More
As part of the Ethics in Performance series at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Dr. Sue Eckstein presented geriatrician and comics artist Muna Al-Jawad, illustrator Nicola Streeten, creator of Billy, Me, and You, and illustrator Nye Wright, creator of Things to Do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park. They each discussed their work in Graphic Medicine and the floor was then opened to questions from the audience. This week’s podcast episode contains Muna & Nicola’s presentations. Next week’s episode will be Nye’s presentation and the lively Q&A with all panelists. If you are enjoying the Graphic Medicine podcast, please consider… Read More