Geographer and cartoonist Simon Moreton (Smoo Comics) created Better, Drawn. Moreton says of his site, “Better, drawn is a place for people to share stories about long-term mental and physical illnesses, told in the form of short comics. The site is a way for people to write and draw about their experiences that might otherwise be difficult to talk about openly. In fact, we think that sometimes things can be said better when they’re drawn. Submissions are open to anyone with a story to tell about coping with illness.” You can also listen to Simon discuss community and comics in this podcast.
Paul Gravett’s Toronto Keynote
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. New Podcast Wednesdays are back! To open the many podcasts that will emerge from the 2012 Toronto Comics & Medicine conference, comics historian, commentator, publisher, and Comica festival organizer Paul Gravett gave the opening keynote to the Toronto Comics & Medicine conference, “Setting the Context: Developments in Graphic Medicine.” Enjoy our new podcast feed. It is not yet available via iTunes, but, fingers crossed, it will be shortly.
Ian Williams and Simon Moreton in Toronto
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. Ian Williams is a doctor of medicine and comics creator under the pseudonym Thom Ferrier. He coined the term Graphic Medicine and set up the website to serve as a resource on the convergence of comics and medicine. Simon Moreton is doctor of human geography and comics creator under the name Smoo. He also established the better, drawn site which features,“Comics drawn by people with experience of living with long-term mental and physical illnesses.” Together they spoke to Shelley… Read More
Simon Moreton on Rethinking the Comics ‘Community’
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. “Making is a social practice.” – Moreton Simon Moreton is a cartoonist, writer and academic geographer based in Bristol. Simon runs Better, Drawn, a blog where people can share stories about experience of long-term mental or physical illnesses in the form of comics. According to Simon, “The aim of this exploratory paper is to unpack a) how the collective constitution of stigma around physical and mental illness unfolds and b) how comics communities can be mobilised… Read More