Guest Post by Rebecca Bloom, LMHC, ATR-BC Art Therapist Instagram: rtext www.bloomcounseling.com When mainstream media began to cover that ICE was imprisoning migrant children in cages, I was on the Kornati Islands in Croatia. From a speck of limestone in the middle of the Adriatic Sea, I was doing my best to support my friends in the states as they told me about the unrelenting grief they were feeling. Living in a two room stone house with solar power, cold water only and Wi-Fi, I was sending friends photos of olive trees, street cats and sunsets trying to tell them we would find away to end this. I had been… Read More
People with ‘invisible’ diseases (e.g., infertility, endometriosis, Cystic Fibrosis, ME, depression) may find it especially difficult to explain their experiences to others. A new website, www.drawingout.org, uses simple metaphor-based drawing exercises to help people express and share their thoughts and feelings about their condition. The online galleries showcase the artwork produced by patients, as well as providing links to information and support through their partner charities. The website is the result of collaboration between two academics at Cardiff University: Dr Sofia Gameiro is a psychologist who focuses on understanding and improving the healthcare experiences of infertile patients. Dr Lisa El… Read More
The 2nd International Amsterdam Comics Conference Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 15-17 November 2018 Amsterdam Comics is pleased to announce its 2nd international conference, “Drawing Yourself In and Out of It,” which will take place from 15-17 November 2018 at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands. Comprised of parallel panel sessions, keynote lectures, and a roundtable discussion, the conference aims to encourage interdisciplinary connections between comics scholars from various disciplines, comics artists, publishers, and cultural workers from museums and other heritage sites. Keynote Speakers Joe Sacco, comics artist Nina Mickwitz, University of the Arts London “So, where does a story begin? And if… Read More
Primary Care as Adventure! – guest blog by Richard Stark, MD. The rumors you’ve heard that Primary Care is boring and repetitious are not true! Primary Care is an adventure, and I’ve accumulated the stories and anecdotes over 40 years in medicine to prove it! Yes, you see the same patients year after year, in sickness and in health. But you learn a lot about people and their behavior. You also learn a lot about the attitudes and concerns of staff. And if you attain an administrative position in a bureaucratic healthcare organization you gain an appreciation of a… Read More
Call for Contributors for “Missing Panels” Zine funded by the University of Leicester – Wellcome Trust ISSF. “Missing Panels” focuses on the impact a lack of representation has on the lives and mental health of members of BME communities, illustrating the need for more equal representation as one of the many strategies required to build a more equal society. Specifically, we are looking for contributors to create a 2 or 4-page full colour comic revolving around questions such as: i) is NHS outreach/campaign material inclusive to BME communities? ii) in what way has your personal experience of accessing health care… Read More
Our Graphic Medicine YouTube playlist now has over 50 videos. Episodes of The Graphic Medicine Podcast are frequently posted as videos so images from talks can be seen. You can see a list of all videos in the playlist here. More very special content surprises are to come in the new year. If you don’t want to miss out, subscribe to our playlist to get email alerts when new videos are added.
In September, Dr. Shelley Wall gave the opening address of the Hiram College Graphic Medicine series. We are thrilled that Shelly and her hosts at Hiram have been kind enough to share her talk with us, entitled, “Medical Illustration and the Language of Comics: From Medical Graphics to Graphic Medicine.” Support for this podcast comes from Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Humanities, the nation’s oldest Humanities Department within a medical school, pioneers of innovations in medical education since 1967. To learn more about Penn State College of Medicine Department of Humanities, go to www2.med.psu.edu/humanities.
Developed by Cardiff University and a group of independent comic creators, All Is Not Well aims to reflect the reality of life as a care giver via a series of short comic strips. Working in care has become one of the most thankless and undervalued jobs in society, yet it is one of the most important. Our aim is to try and give voice to some of the people involved in the caring of others. The site will host a variety of strips from creators who have worked as carers or been cared for themselves. These will feature alongside interviews with the creators, as well… Read More
Just started the wonderful task of listening to the audio from the Seattle conference today. Planning to post a new podcast episode very soon, but as a preview, thought we would share the video Aaron Freeman created of his wife Sharon Rosenzweig’s Friday lightning presentation. To see more of Sharon’s spiral work, subscribe to her Facebook page here. To see her comic about Mom’s Flock, here is the full comic on the Annals of Internal Medicine Graphic Medicine page.