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. Medical students have used the (currently common) term “closure” to express what they desire but find lacking in texts. While they do not always demand a “happy” ending, they at least want to feel that the text is “complete.” The graphic text, I will argue, has several advantages over traditional prose texts in resisting closure and demanding that the reader “work through” the events. One edge results from the need for the reader to fill… 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. The tense and interrogative relationship between word and image that characterizes the comics genre makes possible David Small’s ironic articulation of sickness as a wordless language. Indeed, the growing catalog of illness autographies attests to the effectiveness of comics in giving individuals the means to express openly and candidly the otherwise silencing and stigmatizing experience of illness. What makes Stitches notable among illness autographies, however, is that it stews in its silence, making the quiet… Read More
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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. “TAKING TURNS: AIDS, Oral History & Comics” describes the motivation, process, and challenges of creating a graphic memoir on the subject of AIDS care that incorporates oral and lived history. MK Czerwiec (pronounced sir-wick) is a registered nurse who has been making comics under the pseudonym Comic Nurse since 2000. She has an MA in Medical Humanities & Bioethics and assisted in organizing the June 2011 Comics & Medicine conference in Chicago. She is currently… Read More
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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