‘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’s pick comes with a content warning for suicide. As many of you know, I am a huge fan of Lunarbaboon, a webcomic series about parenting, depression, and nerd culture (my description). I periodically feature them below – but not every week and certainly not every comic relevant to graphic medicine, otherwise it would risk taking over. (You’ll note, I make this kind of decision with many comics – curator discretion and all that.)
This week, I ask you to take a look at Lunarbaboon #441 – Crisis. This one talks about needing to call the Crisis Hotline (see below) for the first time and surviving through the ideation. These kinds of comics always hit me hard, but I tend to leave them with a sense of awe toward the creator for being willing and able to share such an experience openly. I’ll stop here and let you look, but an ask: I am still trying to develop a research proposal around suicide in comics, so if you know of any examples, please send them my way.
And I want to state this plainly and openly: if you ever need to talk, reach out. Let me know and I will listen. I’m often not the most approachable person, nor always the most open myself, but I WILL be there if you come to me. I promise.
If you’re not comfortable coming to me – or any other friend, family in your life – then please, reach out to SOMEONE. Call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Text the Crisis Line at 741741. You can even chat online here http://www.spsamerica.org/.
Just know that you matter and you are not alone.
Articles & More…
MICE 2018: Twitter Thread from the Comics and Mental Health Panel (via me)
MICE 2018: Another Twitter Thread from Comics and Mental Health Panel (via @nnlmner)
Webcomic: Baby Movers and Shakers
Webcomic: Breast Anatomy (OJST is NSFW)
Webcomic (Facebook): Susan MacLeod’s latest in The Dalhousie Review
Webcomic (Site): OCD Comics (I swear I’ve shared this before, but since @TherapyComics highlighted it this week, I will too.)
Book Review: Drawn to Sex: The Basics
Book Review: Hey, Kiddo
Narrative Medicine: The Narrative Messiness of Chronic Illness
Narrative Medicine (Interview): Doctor of Narrative Medicine
Some great stuff this week! Did I miss something? Let me know in the comments below or tweet @NoetheMatt! Until next time…