‘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, a turn toward the less explicitly medical for my picks – two webcomics that deal with different aspects of sexism. One is actually a couple of years old but recently made the rounds again – and speaks to me a great deal – is by Luke Humphris: What Do We Mean When We Say “Toxic Masculinity?”. This is an example of how social and cultural norms impact medicine – if men are expected to be tough and strong, then they are less likely to seek out appropriate care, especially for mental health, and this leads to not only harm for individuals but for those around those individuals as well.
This leads to the second comic, published today, also in The Nib, by Aubrey Hirsch: Taking Back the Streets. Street harassment is not only rude – and dangerous – but traumatizing and is more common than anyone wants to admit. As Aubrey’s comic discusses, there are short and long-term health impacts of this – directly in trauma and PTSD, and indirectly in increased stress, changes in behavior to avoid being in public, and far more.
I wanted to share these two examples this week, because they are important, but also because of ongoing discussions – such as this one – about the scope of graphic medicine. As I mentioned there, it is perhaps less productive to frame the field as “this is definitely graphic medicine” and rather focus on how something might BE graphic medicine depending on the way in which you are viewing, discussing, creating it. This is, of course, not terribly helpful for collection development decisions, but perhaps can help in these dangerously close to line-drawing discussions.
Queerying Graphic Medicine – Paradigms, Power and Practices – 11-13 July 2019 is getting closer! As promised in an email last week to folks proposing presentations, you should be seeing news of your proposal’s status either already or in the coming days. Exciting!
Even more exciting perhaps is that I am happy to share that registration for the conference is now open! You can find more information and register at this link! Pricing below:
Early Bird Registration – £100 (available until 1st June 2019)
Full Price Registration – £125 (from 2nd June 2019)
Student Registration – £60
For further information please visit the website: https://www.graphicmedicine.org/comics-and-medicine-conferences/brighton-2019
Articles & More…
Kickstarter: Love on the Isle of Dogs – a graphic novel
Webcomic (Scholarly): Annals Graphic Medicine – Progress Notes: Soapcalls
Book Review: Anthologizing Illness in Shammas’s CORPUS
Book Review: Silent Voice
Book Review: The Best We Could Do
Video: Lucy Knisley at C2E2
Some great stuff this week! Did I miss something? Let me know in the comments below or tweet @NoetheMatt! Until next time…