Reimagine End of Life is a community-wide exploration of death and celebration of life through creativity and conversation. Artists, storytellers, healthcare professionals, faith and community leaders, and innovators across all five boroughs of New York City are uniting from Oct. 27-Nov. 3 to create a unique week of more than 250 events. Graphic Medicine is one of 200+ collaborators coming together to explore death and celebrate life from every perspective. There will be at least seven events that feature comics at ReImagine! Here is a rundown, click on the links for details and ticketing. Roz Chast in Conversation Death Panels… Read More
Following the fantastic 2018 conference, we have launched a new Graphic Medicine Facebook Group so that the conversations and collaborations can continue year-round in a more accessible space! You can request access to the group by following this link: Graphic Medicine. The group is moderated by the team of Ian Williams, MK Czerwiec, and Matthew Noe. Don’t let the language here mislead – this is a public group, meant for anyone interested! Not sure what you’d use the group for? Ian, in the first post in the group, has some ideas: “connecting with potential collaborators; publicizing your work; sharing teaching… Read More
At the closing session of the 2018 Graphic Medicine conference in Vermont/New Hampshire, Ian Williams announced that our 2019 annual conference – our 10th anniversary conference – will be returning to Brighton, England. It will take place on July 11-13, 2019. Many more details to come!
Guest post by Giang Ho Pharmacy is a dreadful job. Who can really stand for 8-12 hours straight verifying prescriptions, dealing with medical insurance, with mean customers, having no bathroom or lunch break, working overtime then coming back the next day to repeat it all again? To many people, being a pharmacist means you must be amazing or just insane. When I started pharmacy school, I thought the same thing. But after three years in this field, I would say pharmacy is a very interesting and unique profession that is vastly misunderstood. I hope my comics work about pharmacy school can show what it is… Read More
CaringKind Chronicles is a serialized comic about one family’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease. It is written by Jennifer Camper, drawn by Ivan Velez, and published by CaringKind, New York City’s primary resource for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving. The story begins when the grandmother, Estella, begins to have memory problems. In each episode the family confronts different problems, and turns to CaringKind for help. The comic appears in CaringKind’s quarterly newsletter, in English and Spanish, and online at www.caringkindnyc.org/comic For over thirty years CaringKind has provided New York City residents with a 24-hour Helpline and free programs and services for caregivers…. Read More
2016 Graphic Medicine Conference Keynote and champion of comics and creativity Lynda Barry visited The Department of Humanities at Penn State College of Medicine as Artist-in-Residence in December 2017. Michael Green and the PSU library’s One-Button Studio created a series of videos to help inspire their students and all of us to create more and with more joy. All of the videos from Lynda’s visit with Michael can be found here.
As promised in our previous post, here are a few more great videos of Lynda Barry working with Michael Green during her December residency at Penn State Hershey.
April 16 was National Health Care Decisions Day, an initiative of The Conversation Project, which works in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. The intent of the day is to ” inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.” In at least two events in the U.S., comics had an important role in getting people talking about their advanced care plans. In Chicago, Life Matters Media (wonderful backstory on their beginnings here) sponsored four projects asking participants and passers-by “What does living well mean to you?” In the first, Alex Thomas, Gary Ashwal, and… Read More
2016 Graphic Medicine Conference Keynote and champion of comics and creativity Lynda Barry visited The Department of Humanities at Penn State College of Medicine as Artist-in-Residence in December 2017. Michael Green and the PSU library’s One-Button Studio created a series of videos to help inspire their students and all of us to create more and with more joy. We’ll be sharing these wonderful videos here a few at a time. Play along at home with Lynda and Michael! Post your eight faces in the comments here or on social media.
Last week was an exciting one for graphic medicine. We were hosted by the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD to celebrate their new exhibit and graphic medicine collection curated by Ellen Forney. Our celebration day culminated in a panel conversation event with Patricia Brennan, director of the NLM. Director Brennan is a nurse with a unique perspective on the importance of graphic medicine. “Without graphic medicine we were incomplete…it addresses an unaddressed dimension of health and it provided us a way to archive these expressions of that dimension.” -Patricia Brennan In an interview for the Graphic Medicine Podcast, director… Read More