In this episode, MK talks with cartoonist Marek Bennett about the new book in his ongoing series, The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby Volume 2: 1863. Scroll down for images from the book and links to process posts by Marek about the creation of this impressive project.
As mentioned in the episode, Marek drew all of the conference art for last year’s gathering in White River Junction, Vermont, such as the cover image for the conference program below. (Created in collaboration with James Sturm of CCS.)
Marek & MK discuss the origins of this project, why this book is an excellent example of Graphic Medicine, how to create dynamic, emotionally resonant images with a basic visual language, how comics can inform our engagement with history, war & medicine, and what lies ahead for the characters you will meet in Volume 3.
Images specifically discussed in our conversation:
- Nurse Sarah Low (more background from Marek on Nurse Low here)
2. The “diarrhea diary” of Freeman Colby – More on these illnesses during the Civil War
4. And on the PTSD that can result from caregiving
Thanks to Marek for this conversation and sharing these images.