‘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 I want to draw your attention to a couple of comics published in The Nib that you might not normally consider when thinking about graphic medicine. The first, titled It’s Time to Rethink How Recycling is Done is a depressing look by cartoonist Katie Wheeler at how our efforts at recycling may not be as helpful as we’ve been led to believe all these years. The second, Long Live the Monarch by author/illustrator Maia Kobabe, lets us know that, yes, actually, we ARE seeing fewer butterflies – and it is probably out fault for mucking around with the environment so much.
Both of these comics, to my mind, offer opportunities to explore how the environment and politics of our world impact healthcare – areas often discussed as social determinants of health. While neither of these comics explicitly touch on the health impacts of either recycling (or not) or the disappearance of species (and what causes that), they offer an opportunity for a conversation. A conversation that we ALL need to be having because – as David Wallace-Wells horrifying book, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming convincingly argues – climate change, the biggest of environmental impacts, is already having direct health impacts (including, perhaps, the sparking of refugee crisis’) and it is only going to get worse.
UPDATE! Naturally I didn’t see this great collaborative comic by Mita Mahato and Meredith Li-Vollmer until after writing up the above pick section, so I apologize for it not being part of my longer chat. But you need to see it!
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
There are two great conferences happening with focuses relevant to graphic medicine right now – I can’t possibility capture everything coming out of them here. So to that I end, I encourage you to go follow along on your own on Twitter/Instagram!
But seriously, please do follow along! I can’t accurately include these in TWIGM and there’s so much good! https://t.co/yNeZ0OHuPc
— Matthew Noe (@NoetheMatt) April 5, 2019
Articles & More…
Kickstarter: Every Day: An Anti-Gun Violence Comics Anthology
Webcomic: Taking Shape
Webcomic: The Latent Phase
Webcomic: Body Image Blues By Bingo
Webcomic (Scholarly): Annals Graphic Medicine – Dr. Mom: Mischief Levels
Book Review: Graphic Novels That Will Diagnose Your Disease
Book Review: ‘Nobody’s Fool,’ the Story Behind Zippy the Pinhead
Book Review: ZITA CABEZA DE SEDA. PEQUEÑO CORAZON FRÁGIL
Book Review: MANICOMIO
Book Review: Book review: The Lady Doctor
Book Review: Kirkus review, Sincerely, Harriet
Some great stuff this week! Did I miss something? Let me know in the comments below or tweet @NoetheMatt! Until next time…