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. “There are people who may think that graphic memoirs about death, disease, and mental health problems…are nothing but depressing affairs. But for me, these memoirs are filled with laughter and hope and paint a much more fully formed picture of what its like to live with illness, better than any poster child can hope to portray. They remind us that even those who are meant to be unemotional, unbiased, and strong, such as doctors, are… 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 a panel moderated by Maria Vacarella, Vancouver writer and cartoonist Sarah Leavitt delivers her talk, “Documenting a Family’s Struggles with Alzheimer’s Disease: Using Comics to Break Through Stigma and Silence.” Sarah discusses three areas of stigma explored through comics in her book Tangles – anger and bad behavior, bodily functions, and sexuality. Her talk is followed by excerpts from the panel Q&A .
Exciting news! There is now a Graphic Medicine Podcast! Initial episodes will contain talks from the recent conference in Leeds. After those are live, episodes will focus on planning for the 2012 conference in Toronto, interviews with creators and academics on developments in the Graphic Medicine universe — and anything else you might want to hear discussed. We are open to ideas, so please don’t hesitate to suggest topics for future listening. Subscribe to the new Graphic Medicine Podcast here!
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 17 November, 2011, a one-day conference on Graphic Medicine was held at the Leeds Art Gallery. It was the second day of Comics Forum 2011, organized by Ian Hague. All of the conference audio will also be available here. In the coming weeks, we will be posting many of the wonderful talks. In this episode, North Wales physician Ian Williams, curator of the Graphic Medicine website, and organizer of the Graphic Medicine day of Comics Forum,… Read More
Comics & Medicine: Navigating the Margins 22-24 July 2012 Toronto, Canada Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto Biomedical Communications Program, University of Toronto Office of the Vice-Principal, Research, University of Toronto Mississauga The third international interdisciplinary conference* on comics and medicine will continue to explore the intersection of sequential visual arts and medicine. This year we will highlight perspectives that are often under-represented in graphic narratives, such as depictions of the Outsider or Other in the context of issues such as barriers to healthcare, the stigma of mental illness and disability, and the silent burden of caretaking. The conference will… Read More
Comics Forum director Ian Hague has emailed to say that he has posted a new paper by Isabelle Delorme on the website. The title is The first Afghanistan war through the glare of the Photographer and Emmanuelle Guibert and the paper was presented at the conference Comics & Conflicts: Stories of War in Comics, Graphic Novels & Manga 19/08/2011 – 20/08/2011 at the Imperial War Museum, London. I’m posting it here because of the medical relevance of Guibert’s Graphic Novel. Here is the abstract: The Afghanistan war (1979-1989) is not the subject of the graphic novel : The Photographer: Into War-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders but… Read More
As I mentioned, I’ve been editing audio from the Leeds Comics Forum Graphic Medicine conference all day. So eager to share these with you soon. Until then, thought many of you might be interested to see what Nicola Streeten’s tap-dancing looks like on audio. And the applause that followed, naturally.
Andrew Godfrey (Sicker than Thou, The CF Diaries) has done a wonderful report on the Graphic Medicine conference on his blog. Thriving, eclectic, warm, encouraging, inspiring, and with plenty of laughs to be had, this open discourse between artists, academics, and health care professionals is surely an optimistic sign of the times. Thanks, Andrew – and not just because you said nice & helpful things about my talk. (But that’s certainly not discouraged. I had an artist patient who once told me, “I show my work to other people so they can tell me what they see.” I very much had that… Read More
held on Thursday 17th November 2011 at Leeds Art Gallery Report by Ian Williams We were very excited to hold the third conference on comics and medicine as part of the Thought Bubble Comics Forum and are very grateful to the Comics Forum director, Ian Hague, for inviting us to take part. Many medical schools have encouraged the reading of classic and contemporary literature to gain insight into the human condition, a move generally seen as corrective to this century’s overvaluing of medical science and technology, that attempts to bridge the gap between knowing about a disease and understanding the patient’s… Read More
Welcome to the new Graphic Medicine blog. This is MK in Chicago (for now!) The organizing committee of the 2012 Comics & Medicine conference is planning to use this space for all announcements related to the 2012 conference and beyond. In the coming weeks, we will be tweaking the look of the site, announcing the 2012 conference theme, dates, and venue, as well as putting out the call for papers. So watch this space – we have many surprises in store!