‘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…
Note: There are items dating back to 11/21 here due to the Holiday in the US last week
Matthew’s Pick of the Week…
This week I’m cheating again and having two picks. In my defense though, it is because I had already picked out a comic and then realized (thanks to Ian’s amazing job of RT’ing) that the Medicina Grafica conference was happening this week! So…
Pick 1: This comic from Mazie Lovie, published on The Nib, asks “Who Deserves a Home?” and my answer is: literally everyone. Housing should be considered a human right and homelessness should scarcely exist, yet in our modern world, it is a huge problem – one that in the United States is often used to blame people for their circumstances. This comic does a great job of dispelling some of the myths around home ownership and is particularly powerful at a time when the homeless are being, once again, weaponized to argue against accepting refugees and other immigrants. All of this is relevant to health, but it is particularly important to recognize that homelessness itself is not only a cause of many health problems, an effect of others, but is an impediment to treatment in ways that most practicing healthcare workers have themselves NEVER experienced.
Pick 2: As I do with most conferences, I am not capturing them in the Tweets below because there are simply too many. So, I highly – HIGHLY – encourage you to go read through the #ConMedicinaGráfica feed. The photos on Instagram have been wonderful as well! A huge, heartfelt congratulations to the entire Medicina Grafica team for what looks like an amazing conference!
It looks like you can watch a good deal of the conference on this YouTube live-stream! I’ll update here if something changes with this link.
Articles & More…
Kickstarter: Out of the Woods
Webcomic: How to Make Friends With Your Heart
Webcomic: Travel Anxieties Flow Chart
Webcomics (on Instagram): OneHundredYearOldwisom
Comics Excerpt: Report from a Syrian refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan
Scholarly: The Athletic Body
Scholarly: Medicalization and Demedicalization — A Gravely Disabled Homeless Man with Psychiatric Illness (Not a comic, but relevant to us)
Book Review: A Fire Story by Brian Fies (STARRED REVIEW!!)
Book Review: Where Else Can They Go? – Reviews of 3 Refugee Comics
Blog: Shake That Moody (featuring Ellen Forney)
Interview: Roz Chast in Full View (Body Scan Included)
Podcast: Mental Health Comics
Please note that I am making a point to only share Best of Lists that explicitly include titles relevant to graphic medicine. There are hundreds of these every year, so I’ll likely miss plenty. I do not endorse ANY of them – “best” is a difficult term for our field.
Best of 2018: Publisher’s Weekly Comic Picks
Best of 2018: NYT 100 Notable Books of 2018 [Note that there are only TWO comics selections, and one of them isn’t even a comic but a scholarly work on the matter. That is Why Comics? and is why this link is included here – there’s a lot on graphic medicine in there. But to say I am disappointed in the NYTs for their lack of attention to comics is an understatement.]
Best of 2018: NPR’s Book Concierge 2018 (24 comics!)
Best of 2018: Library Journal
Best of 2018: School Library Journal
Best of 2018: New York Public Library
Comics about Depression that are Too Accurate to Ignore (Note: I do NOT approve of this framing of privileging some depictions as more accurate than others.)
Some great stuff this week! Did I miss something? Let me know in the comments below or tweet @NoetheMatt! Until next time…