Note: I feel I must apologize for the erratic schedule of these posts of late. I’ve had a fair bit of travel, but it is mostly because of stress in my personal life with moving. As I’ve drawn and shared before, stress tends to aggravate my chronic pain – I attribute it to stressing an overtaxed mind too far – and it makes doing even the most routine things more time-consuming. I will hopefully be more settled soon (likely after the conference). As always, if I’ve missed something (highly likely), let me know. And if you ever want to do a “Guest Pick of the Week”, let’s discuss it!
‘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…
Comics and Medicine: The Ways We Work is just over a month away (August 16 – 18)! Get those registrations in, those travel plans set, and start planning your conference schedule! There are sessions for everyone – be you cartoonist, physician, educator, therapist, librarian, or simply an interested party!
I’m happy to announce that the conference hashtag has also been set: #GraphicMedicine18. Please make use of this when tweeting about the conference – it will make social media chatter more manageable for everyone – and, specifically, will make my life easier when it comes time for the conference edition of this blog!
Matthew’s Pick of the Week…
This week, I have two picks, neither of which are strictly speaking graphic medicine but are vitally important to us nonetheless. First, I want to encourage everyone to head over to bioethics.net and read Dr. Keisha Ray’s Who Gets to Tell Our Stories?: Health Narratives and Privilege. A common criticism for graphic medicine is about just whose stories are we seeing represented in the field and just who is telling these stories in the first place. Dr. Ray’s piece gives us a good starting point for this hard, but necessary, conversation. Second, head over to The Nib and read Good School, Bad School by Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg. This comic explores the way “school choice” can reinforce existing inequalities and create new ones. And given the role that education level plays in the health of individuals and communities, this is absolutely a topic with which we must remain familiar.
Articles & More…
Kickstarter: Sweaty Palms Vol. 2 – The Anthology about Anxiety
Call-for-Art: Journal of Patient Experience (PDF)
Event: Comics and Conservation: A Teen Workshop in the Park (featuring GM rockstars!)
Comics: Cartoon Issue of Seven Days
Webcomic: Episodes From My Episode
Webcomic: The Unequal History of African American Gun Rights [Gun control is a major topic for healthcare and it is important to recognize the way racism is involved.]
Scholarly (Webcomic): Annals Graphic Medicine – Finding the Funny: Everything
Book Review: Gumballs
Tweet Thread: Graphic Medicine on Wikipedia Discussion [I don’t normally include things like this, but the back-and-forth here is valuable and should be seen as a thread, not in something like Wakelet.]
Interview: The Beast: An Interview [This is from our friends in Graphic Social Science – a related but separate area. I share this here to make sure folks know about them and their great work!]
Library: UNLV Medical Humanities Libguide
Blog: Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 7/2/18
Some great stuff this week! Did I miss something? Let me know in the comments below or tweet @NoetheMatt! Until next time…