by Martina Follador Frida Kahlo was born in Coyocán, Mexico, the 6th of July 1907. We know Frida as an artist and lots of us already know some of her biography, but the most interesting part of her is her interiority. As she has always said, she draws herself because she’s the thing she knows the most, and what comes out is a beautiful world, made of feelings, emotions and hidden thoughts. She paints her daily reality. Her past was overwhelmed by sufferance and painting was the only thing she could do when obliged to stay in bed. She… Read More
Guest Post: Vicarious Trauma Illustrated, Rebecca Bloom
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
Podcast Episode 13: Meaning Making Through Drawing and Comics
In this week’s Graphic Medicine podcast, the first in a series, we’ll hear two lightning presentations from the 2015 Comics & Medicine conference in Riverside, California. Both presentations discuss how making art and comics helps create meaning and understanding, and can, in some cases, change behavior. You can listen to an image-enhanced version of the podcast here: Or you can find the episode in iTunes here. First we’ll hear from Roderick Castle, an art therapist in Rochester, New York, who works with veterans. You can learn more about Roderick from his feature in this month’s “Art Therapy Today”, published by the… Read More
James Sturm 2014 Keynote Address
As preparation ramps up for the 2015 Comics & Medicine Conference in Riverside, California, here is James Sturm‘s keynote address, “Applied Cartooning: Cartoonist Veterans Sessions.” The address is broken into three segments below. It was delivered at the 2014 Comics & Medicine conference on the campus of Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. James is the co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont.
Guest review by John Swogger. For the full post, visit his blog. The Cage is (Rinko Endo’s) second complete comic work, and shares the same innovative approach as her Aggression Management Manga. Sub-titled “My Orthodontic Memoir”, it recounts her childhood diagnosis of malocclusion and the subsequent trials and tribulations of living with an orthodontic chin cap. I had a number of friends when I was a kid with various orthodontic retainers, braces and headgear. Beyond these, there’s a whole grim panoply of orthodontic appliances – power chains, coil springs, twin blocks, plates or retainers, facemasks, cervical headgear, headgear helmets, lip bumpers, palate expanders, elastics,… Read More