Alice Jaggers talks with Jordan Hart, Barbra Dillon and Dr. Theresa Rojas about Ripple Effects. Jordan Hart is a comics creator with many other comics under his belt. This one hits closer to home, because Jordan also has an invisible disability. Barbra Dillon is co-founder of Fanbase Press, which is publishing Ripple Effects. Dr. Theresa Rojas is the professor of Ethnic Studies at Modesto Junior College, founder of the Latinx Comic Arts Festival, and author of the first Unseen Ripples essay. Each of the five issues ends with an Unseen Ripples essay from a person living with an invisible disability…. Read More
Guest Book Review by Basia Jedruszczak Perfect World by Aruga Rie is a josei (women’s/older teen) manga, complete in 12 volumes as of January 2021. At a work function, designer Kawana Tsugumi runs into her high school crush, Ayukawa Itsuki, and is surprised to see him using a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury (SCI) he sustained during college. As her high-school feelings return all at once, she and Ayukawa navigate entering a romantic relationship. This review is for the first three volumes of the series. In the opening chapter (titled Acts throughout the series) of the first… Read More
What would you do if you lost all your personal memories? For Judith this is not a nightmare but a true story of how she became hostage to an insidious illness.
Written and illustrated by Élodie Durand, Parenthesis is an award-winning memoir that delves into Durand’s psychological, emotional, and physical struggle of dealing with a brain tumor.
Title of Special Issue: Cripping Graphic Medicine: Approaching Comics from a Disability Studies Perspective. Guest Editors: Gesine Wegner (Leipzig University) and Dorothee Marx (Kiel University) At first glance, a wider public may find the connection between comics and disability rather counterintuitive, as Rosemarie Garland-Thomson remarks: “Most of us assume that comics and disability exist in two completely different worlds. […] Comics are light; disability is heavy. Comics are inviting; disability is forbidding. Comics are cheerful; disability is dismal” (Garland-Thomson 2016: x). Yet, as a growing amount of scholarship in recent years has shown (Squier and Krüger-Fürhoff 2020; Foss et al…. Read More
Review by Kevin Wolf I wouldn’t have made a good health care provider; to act professionally without feeling what a patient is going through. I remember watching Born on the Fourth of July in a movie theater (remember those?). Ron Kovic, memoir author of the book of the same name, returns from Vietnam badly injured, paralyzed from the waist down. As I recall the movie, during his—played by Tom Cruise—rehabilitation he wants to prove he’s not paralyzed so he demonstrates this by using his arms to “walk” with rudimentary leg braces and therapy bars; and he falls and has… Read More
Special Issue: Cripping Graphic Medicine: Approaching Comics from a Disability Studies Perspective Guest Editors: Gesine Wegner (Leipzig University) and Dorothee Marx (Kiel University) At first glance, a wider public may find the connection between comics and disability rather counterintuitive, as Rosemarie Garland-Thomson remarks: “Most of us assume that comics and disability exist in two completely different worlds. […] Comics are light; disability is heavy. Comics are inviting; disability is forbidding. Comics are cheerful; disability is dismal” (Garland-Thomson 2016: x). Yet, as a growing amount of scholarship in recent years has shown (Squier and Krüger-Fürhoff 2020; Foss et al. 2016), explorations… Read More
The Phantom Zone and Other Stories: Comics and Prose collects the title story, which first appeared as a comic strip in the Daily Texan, the student newspaper of the University of Texas, Austin in the 1990s, along with more recent material. Alaniz, a comics scholar and professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature (adjunct) at the University of Washington, Seattle, has previously published Death, Disability and the Superhero: The Silver Age and Beyond (University Press of Mississippi, 2014) and with Scott T. Smith co-edited Uncanny Bodies: Superhero Comics and Disability (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019), among… Read More
Book review by Kevin Wolf What if you were on the steep downward slope of life and were given the chance that you could live a lot longer than any actuarial life expectancy—perhaps to age 200—would you go through a risky experiment for such a long life? Personal ambition, quality/quantity of life desires, and experimental post-mortem ethical quandaries abound in the graphic science-fiction work by Ezra Clayton Daniels called Upgrade Soul (US). US could be a metaphor for humans struggling with their mortality, but it’s so much more. This is a wonderful, haunting tale presented from many perspectives: a brilliant… Read More
From Lisa El Refaie: In 2020, Amiens will be the European Youth Capital (Amiens for Youth). On that occasion and for the year of Comics, the University of Picardy is organizing, in association with the universities of Artois, Lille and Brighton, and with the association “On a marché sur la bulle” a three-day interdisciplinary conference on “Comics and Youth” on 3rd, 4th and 5th June 2020. The research group CORPUS (Conflict, Representation and Dialogue in the English-speaking World, EA 4295) of the University of Picardy is planning an international study day on the representation of disability in comics about and/or… Read More
‘This Week in Graphic Medicine’ highlights news about comics in medicine published during the week (Saturday – Friday). Links are typically presented without commentary, unless clarification of relevance is necessary. So without further ado… Matthew’s Pick of the Week… This week, I want to encourage you to follow along with the dotMD festival happening over the weekend in Galway, Ireland! Both Ian and MK (among many other familiar faces!) are in attendance, speaking, and taking part in a Graphic Medicine Exhibition curated by Ian! dotMD on Twitter and the 2019 hashtag (for Twitter and Instagram both) are great ways to… Read More