Thanks to the amazing Shelley Wall at the University of Toronto, we have a 2012 Comics & Medicine conference venue, program, and website! Registration is live, so feel free to start making plans for what will be another amazing conference. You can read fellow conference planner Brian Fies’ thoughts on the matter here. Hope to see you in Toronto in July!
Cathy Leamy, presenter at our upcoming Toronto 2012 conference, will be giving a talk and a workshop on cartooning in health care at the International Conference on Health Science & Communications in Providence, Rhode Island June 20-23. From the conference website: Cartooning in Healthcare Cathy Leamy Independent Cartoonist Web developer, Massachusetts General Hospital Comics (including cartoons, comic books and strips, webcomics, graphic novels, and magazines) offer a valuable communication format, especially for medicine and health care. Dry, confusing, or daunting material can be presented in ways that engage and entertain readers, simplify complex topics, cater to different learning styles, and… Read More
Today’s podcast conversation is with Susan Squier, PhD, Brill Professor of English, Women’s Studies, and Science,Technology and Society Studies at Penn State University. Susan’s teaching and scholarship includes several articles on the use of comics in the medical context. You can download PDFs of some of Susan’s comics scholarship here. In this conversation, we discuss how Susan began working with comics, how she feels comics and medicine are connected, and her hopes for the future of the Graphic Medicine movement. Susan will be presenting on “Studio Time in the Literature and Medicine Classroom” with colleagues at the 2012 Comics &… 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. In this conversation, Linda Raphael of George Washington Medical School discusses her work in Graphic Medicine and Medical Humanities. Linda is a professor of English and director of the Medical Humanities program, which she founded, at George Washington University Medical School. Linda will be participating in a panel discussion at the 2012 Graphic Medicine conference in Toronto this July. Linda presented her paper,”Resisting Closure in Graphic Medicine Texts” at the 2011 Graphic Medicine conference in… Read More
A George Washington Medical School student, Rahul Vanjani, is looking to hire an artist familiar with medical themes for, as he writes, “a health literacy project that I am working on with a local non-profit organization here in D.C. We’re in need of an artist(s) for the project and I was wondering if you might be able to send our information out to your network of comic (and non-comic) artists. An artist who works in or who is familiar with the health care field would be preferable. We will pay the artist for his/her services. Briefly, our current project is… Read More
A Call for ‘Graphic Memoirs’. Editors: John Stuart Clark & Theodore Stickley An undervalued feature of the recovery movement is the powerful narratives of those who have survived mental health problems and the psychiatric system. Increasingly people in distress or recovery have turned to the graphic medium of comics to tell their sensitive stories, sometimes collaborating with friends or therapists, more commonly working alone to produce a personal diary or recollection. While a few have emerged as published ‘graphic memoirs’, most never see the light of day, or at best, are only accessible as web-comics. Going some way to correct… 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. In the first of a series of podcasts featuring scholars who are teaching comics in academic settings, MK talks with Michael Green. He is a doctor of internal medicine and a professor of bioethics and medical humanities at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine. Michael has pioneered an intensive course on comics and medicine that he teaches to fourth year medical students. In this course, students read and create graphic medicine texts. You can read… 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. In the third and final talk of Northwestern Feinberg Medical School’s Graphic Medicine lecture series, Dr. Ian Williams discusses his paper in the current issue of the Journal of Medical Humanities as well as his own work as a comics artist. His talk questions whether or not the act of creating graphic memoir can be a cathartic experience.
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. Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Medical Humanities and Bioethics, recently sponsored a three-lecture series on Graphic Medicine. The second lecture in the series features Cate Belling discussing, “Gruesome, Gross, and Graphic.”
Graphic Medicine Website Update– Design Brief GraphicMedicine.org is planning an upgrade and expansion to maintain it as the ‘go-to’ website for information regarding the interaction between comics and medicine. The website, set up in 2007 by Ian Williams, is merging with MK Czerwiec’s ‘Comic Nurse’ subsites which host information on the 2011 Chicago conference and the GraphicMedicine podcasts. Ian and MK have been jointly editing the GraphicMedicine blog, Twitter and Facebook accounts since last summer and will be running the new, upgraded site jointly. Graphic Medicine is looking for expressions of interest from web designers who subscribe to our cause and… Read More