The 2020 Graphic Medicine Conference will be held July 16 – 19, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada! This year’s theme will invite you to reflect on Graphic Medicine In/During Troubled Times: Social Justice and Human Rights. We will have the Call For Papers out by the 1st of December. Please keep an eye on the conference page. When referring to the conference on social media, please use the hashtag #GraphMed2020
Many of you have begun messaging about information for the 2020 Graphic Medicine Conference – we love your enthusiasm! We want to assure you that planning is ongoing, rapidly, and you should expect to begin seeing more information soon, including this year’s theme and call for papers. In the meantime, some of you may have missed our 2020 location as announced during the 2019 conference closing. The 2020 Graphic Medicine Conference will be held in Toronto, Canada! You may recall that the 2012 conference – Comics and Medicine: Navigating the Margins – was also held in Toronto, and the organizers… Read More
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. This panel, moderated by Brian Fies, focuses on comics and AIDS. The first speaker is Ariela Freedman. She is an Associate Professor at the Liberal Arts College, Concordia University, Montreal. She writes on modernism, First World War narrative, and comics. She is the author of Death, Men and Modernism (Routledge: 2003) and many scholarly articles, and is currently working on a project on comics and representations of pain. Her paper, Picturing AIDS, “examines early strategies of picturing AIDS… Read More
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. This is the second half of the “Comics in Patient Education” panel from this year’s Graphic Medicine conference in Toronto. If you are able, be sure to check out the images that accompany both the talks as they are quite impressive! First up is Lydia Gregg with her paper, “Interpreting the unfamiliar: comics as a tool for improving care of pediatric patients with retinoblastoma.” The comic and treatment diary Lydia discusses can be viewed on the study… Read More
Rachel Abrams was our live drawing scribe at the Comics & Medicine conference. She has posted her blog entry, “Doctor, I Laugh When it Hurts,” on the conference. A link to a PDF of her conference drawings is included. She requests that if you use any of the images, please credit/link to her company, Turnstone Consulting.
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.
Guest blogger and conference presenter Steven Bergson gives us a rundown of Toronto’s finest. Some of you may be arriving in Toronto before the conference begins, while others may be staying along after the conference ends. Either way, you’ve probably got plans in mind for what to do while you’re here (besides attending our wonderful conference!). For those with no plans – or who might be looking for alternate options – I’ve prepared a small list of events, websites, and attractions to help you plan your itinerary. Toronto Websites Toronto Tourism http://www.seetorontonow.com Blog TO http://www.blogto.com/… Read More
Outside the world of underground comix enthusiasts, Joyce Farmer is probably best known for her latest work, Special Exits (Fantagraphics 2010), a memoir (though the names are changed) of her experience caring for her parents during the last few years of their lives. Special Exits is Farmer’s first book-length comic, famously praised by Robert Crumb, but Farmer has been an important figure in comics since the 1970s. I’ll get back to Special Exits in a minute, but first I want to make sure to tell you about her work from the 70s. I wish I’d been more familiar with it… Read More
Today on the podcast it’s the amazing Riva Lehrer! Artist and educator Riva Lehrer talks with MK about bodies, her portrait series Circle Stories, her anatomical art lecture beauty and variation, disability culture and community, medicine, comics, Graphic Medicine, the recent University of Chicago Comics Conference and more. Riva teaches life drawing at the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern Medical School. The Paper Mirror: Drawing Alison Bechdel is a film by Charissa King-O’Brien that documents Riva’s collaboration with cartoonist Alison Bechdel. A screening of the film will be the opening night event at the Comics & Medicine 2012 Toronto… Read More