This week on the graphic medicine podcast, Leah Eisenberg talks about her work as a lawyer and bioethicist using comics to help make biobanking more comprehensible, and consent to bio banking more meaningful. In the “What Are You Reading?!” segment, Leah updates us on her comics & medicine work and recommends a few books she’s enjoyed recently. Leah recommends the March series about John Lewis, Neurocomic, and the work of Tyler Page, and S/Z, about communicating ideas with storytelling. Support for this podcast comes from Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Humanities, the nation’s oldest Humanities Department… Read More
On this week’s episode, I talk with Nye Wright, creator of Things To Do In A Retirement Home Trailer Park When You Are 29 and Unemployed which was recently released in North America by Penn State University Press. Nye discusses what he’s been reading, how he created Trailer Park, his next book project, and his Twitter meet-up which happens this week. You can listen to an image-enhanced version of the podcast here: Or you can find the episode in iTunes here. Nye recommends four books in our conversation. First is the graphic novel “TheDivine.” Second is “The Incal.” Third… Read More
In this entertaining, reflective, and insightful talk from his workshop at the 2105 Comics & Medicine conference, doctor and New Yorker staff cartoonist Ben Schwartz tracks the history of doctors, medicine, and health as reflected in the single-panel gag cartoons of the New Yorker Magazine. He also shares reflections from a few fellow New Yorker cartoonists on medicine in comics, and tips for making a gag comic of your own. Keep an eye on your screen, there are over 200 comics in this presentation! If your browser supports Quicktime, you can watch it in the first window below. If it… Read More
This is the week we’ve all been waiting for, the week that an international cadre of Comics & Medicine professionals will gather in Riverside, California! To those of you who are attending, safe and happy travels. To those of you who cannot attend this year, conference proceedings will be heavily tweeted. Follow #GraphMed15 for all the updates.
Call for Papers The comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell (an edited collection) This proposed volume for the University Press of Mississippi’s book series, Critical Approaches to Comics Artists, will examine the works of two influential cartoonists: Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell. These artists have helped shape the world of contemporary comics, particularly through their experiments in autobiography, travelogue, fantasy, and diary. We are interested in assembling a tightly woven collection of compelling essays from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives in order to suggest starting off points for sustained future critical analysis. Each essay may examine the works… Read More
The final podcast out of the 2013 Brighton Comics & Medicine conference is now available. This episode features Simon Moreton’s talk, “Toward a Different Way of Looking” in which he discusses his work as a comics artist in the context of a community and addressing mental health issues. Simon’s new website is at http://www.smoo-comics.com. He recently completed his new book, Plans We Made. More info here. Use the Quicktime player below to view images along with the audio of this presentation. If you don’t have Quicktime, you can listen to an audio-only version of the keynote presentation below.
The current issue of Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology is edited by Susan Squier and Ryan Marks. It is a special issue on Graphic Medicine. Here is the table of contents from the issue’s Project MUSE page: Articles and Graphics Introduction pp. 149-152 | DOI: 10.1353/con.2014.0023 Susan Squier, J. Ryan Marks HTML Download PDF (82.3 KB) Avatars, Illness, and Authority: Embodied Experience in Breast Cancer Autopathographics pp. 153-181 | DOI: 10.1353/con.2014.0011 Emily Waples HTML Download PDF (166.4 KB) Graphic Analysis: Transitional Phenomena in Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother? pp. 183-203 | DOI: 10.1353/con.2014.0014 Lisa Diedrich … Read More
Call for Papers Forthcoming Symposium in Health Communication “Using Visual Narratives and Graphic Medicine to Communicate about Health” Symposium editor: Andy J. King (firstname.lastname@example.org) Health communication researchers and practitioners frequently use narrative messaging strategies to influence behavior change and its antecedents. Theorizing and research on these narratives, however, focuses primarily on textual content and style features, often ignoring the aural and visual elements that might factor into an audience’s reception of these narratives. Further, an area of interest of communication-relevant research and practice has emerged that is almost completely absent in health communication research: graphic medicine. Graphic medicine refers,… Read More
In an interruption of the lectures from Brighton, this week we feature Mita Mahato of the University of Puget Sound. Dr. Mahato recently delivered a lecture at the University of California at Riverside titled, “These Frames Are Hiding Places: Processing Grief Through Comics.” You can see more of Dr. Mahato’s work here. The lecture was supported by UCR’s Center for Ideas and Society, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Workshops in the Humanities. The event was coordinated by Juliet McMullin, who was kind enough to share the audio with Graphic Medicine. Dr. McMullin is a moving force behind UCR’s the Medical Narratives… Read More
Panel 2C from the 2013 Comics & Medicine panel in Brighton brings us four presentations that relate to the theme of therapy. Use the Quicktime player below to view images along with the audio of Panel 2B. If you don’t have Quicktime, you can listen to an audio-only version of the keynote presentation below. First up on this panel is Sarah Lightman (author of the forthcoming Book of Sarah from Myriad Editions) of the University of Glasgow and Laydeez do Comics with her talk, “Metamorphosing Difficulties – Post Traumatic Growth in the Autobiographical Comics of Sarah Leavitt, Nicola Streeten and Maureen… Read More