The marvellous organisation that is DotMD were kind enough to sponsor our Brighton conference this year. Each year they run a fascinating ‘Festival of Medical Curiosity’ that always sells out well in advance of the date. This year they had moved the event from Dublin to Galway – on the west coast of Ireland – expanded the capacity from just over 100 to 500 delegates and the programme from one to two days. Their changes paid off. The conference was a huge success, tackling the big questions in healthcare and life and introducing the delegates – comprising mostly of doctors or… Read More
Book Review by Kevin Wolf The Lady Doctor by Ian Williams provides the daily activities of Dr. Lois Pritchard, general practitioner (GP), in her work and home life. It’s filled with funny anecdotal events, interesting patients and caregivers, English and medical vernacular, and descriptions of medical treatments and prescriptions. The book’s cover repeats the author’s iconic medical symbol of the stethoscope which appeared on the cover of his first graphic medicine work, The Bad Doctor (2014). In addition the cover shows Dr. Pritchard, arms crossed, holding a swab surrounded by a circle of pills foreshadowing the importance of drugs… Read More
The Nordic Network for Gender, Body, Health in collaboration with the Division for Gender Studies, Stockholm University CALL FOR PAPERS for the international conference CURATING HEALTH: GRAPHIC MEDICINE AND VISUAL REPRESENTATIONS OF ILLNESS Place: Stockholm University Date: Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th December 2018 Keynote Speakers: Prof. Lisa Diedrich, Stony Brook University Dr. Ian Williams, Graphic Medicine We invite individual presentations, panel proposals or artistic contributions from across a range of disciplines in the Humanities, Practice Arts, Social Sciences and Biomedicine that engage with the theme of graphic medicine and visual representations of health and illness in all their dimensions…. Read More
Press Release – Graphic Medicine @ Toronto Comic Arts Festival Three authors of books in Penn State University Press’s critically acclaimed Graphic Medicine series are participating in the Toronto Comic Arts Festival this May. Graphic novelist, printmaker, and textile artist Gareth Brookes will exhibit advance copies of his forthcoming graphic novel A Thousand Coloured Castles. Rendered entirely in unique scratched-off crayon drawings, the book depicts life with Charles Bonnet syndrome, which causes intense hallucinations in people with preexisting vision problems. Brookes’s previous graphic novel, The Black Project, won the 2013 Best Original Graphic Novel Award from Broken Frontier. MK Czerwiec (pronounced sir-wick) is a… Read More
The Graphic Medicine Manifesto has been nominated for an Eisner Award in the catagory Best Academic/Scholarly Work. One of the most prestigious awards in the industry, the Eisners – officially called the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards – are referred to as the ‘Oscars of comics’. A five-strong panel of judges compile the list of nominations which are then voted on by industry professionals, with the winners announced at the annual Comic-Con in San Diego in July. The Manifesto, published by Penn State University Press, has been very well received by specialist and non specialist readers alike. Written by MK Czerwiec, Ian Williams, Susan Squier, Michael… Read More
Review first published in the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 2016 The Bad Doctor: The Troubled Life and Times of Dr. Iwan James is a riveting, debut graphic novel by Ian Williams, a celebrated medical humanist and founder of the Graphic Medicine website. He previously published using the nom de plume Thom Ferrier and contributed a series of comic strips for the Guardian. In The Bad Doctor, inspired by Justin Green’s Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary and by his own experience of the continuing secondary effects of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Ian Williams deftly evokes the world of country GP Dr Iwan James’s deep… Read More
Penn State University Press announces the US release of Ian Willams’ debut graphic novel, The Bad Doctor. Get your copy today!
I (Ian) am giving a keynote talk in symposium at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Conference Information & Schedule We invite scholars, educators, artists, and health care providers to consider the educational and therapeutic benefits of comic books/graphic novels. Patients may struggle to clearly convey or understand their experience with acute or chronic medical or behavioral health issues. Likewise, students may struggle in their learning process. This conference offers the opportunity to think broadly and creatively about how comic books/graphic novels can be used by health care providers and educators to assist patients and students in addressing their challenges…. Read More
Ian Williams was interviewed for the BBC’s World Update about his new graphic novel The Bad Doctor (Myriad Editions). You can listen to the interview at the link below. Ian Williams on World Service
Juliette McMullin at the University of California, Riverside recently organized a conference titled, “Medical Examinations: Art, Story, Theory.” It was sponsored by the Center for Ideas and Society as well as Department of Anthropology. We are honored to share two of the conference keynotes as Graphic Medicine podcasts. First up is Graphic Medicine site co-director, Ian Williams. Use the Quicktime player above to view images along with the audio. If you don’t have Quicktime, you can listen to the audio-only version below.