‘This Week in Graphic Medicine’ highlights relevant articles (and tweets) about comics in medicine published during the week (Saturday – Friday). Links are typically presented without commentary, unless clarification of relevance is necessary, with credit given to those who flagged them up where possible. So without further ado… Matthew’s Pick of the Week… This week, the picks were really quite simple make: go back The Nib Magazine on Kickstarter! As regular readers of this blog know, The Nib features nearly every single week (this one being no exception) – be it a comic directly about the experience of medicine or… Read More
guest review by Northwestern Medical Student Frank Barrows, Chicago, IL In Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me, Ellen Forney tells an uncomfortable tale about her struggle over several years to accept and manage her bipolar disorder. Through black and white images inked in thick oily black you get to know Ellen, and she drags you through her manic days as you try to keep up, and she holds you down in her depressed days, malaise oozing off the page. A fascinating read, I can’t definitively say I enjoyed reading the book despite the fact I’ve read it twice in two… Read More
Reviewed by Michelle N. Huang, The Pennsylvania State University Ellen Forney poetically describes the manic episodes of her bipolar disorder as electrifying: “the sensation that my mind was spinning and overheating would sometimes build to a sensation like an electrical short—a burst of light, a melting or dissipating—.” Reading Forney’s graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me, produces a similarly charged encounter. The reader experiences not only Ellen’s exhilarating highs—the extravagant book launch parties, the professional success—but also her devastatingly dark lows—the blank periods of time where she is unable to move herself from the couch. Marbles captures Forney’s… Read More
Looking forward to the release of a new graphic novel from Ellen Forney. Interview with her in today’s Seattle Times.