‘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…
Welcome back! I hope everyone has enjoyed the last hurrahs of Summer and things are settling back into semi-normalcy again – especially for those fellow academics out there. As you know, I took a break over the past month (more on why here), but now This Week returns! Before diving into my pick, I want to thank everyone for reading – especially those who reached out to make sure I was in-fact going to start up again – and make a housekeeping note: August. The month of August is going to, for the purposes of this blog, be a bit of a black hole. There is simply no way I can dig back through the past month to get up a post – I didn’t really keep track of anything outside of conferences in August. For that, I do apologize. Should anyone reading this want to take on the task of backtracking through August, please let me know and I will make sure we get your hard work up on here.
Now… my pick this week! There has been so much great going on, but I would be remiss if my pick for this first week back after the Vermont Conference wasn’t to highlight it! Below you will find collections of tweets, blog posts, and anything else I could find that reflected on this year’s conference. Highlighting this is doubly important, I think, because it is important for those of us who attended to keep thinking about what we learned and the connections made – but it is equally important to make these “capturings” available to all those who couldn’t make the trek!
A note as you dive in: you are going to see references to two big announcements made in Vermont. The first, is that the 10th anniversary conference – hereby known as the Graphic Medicine Conference (rather than Comics & Medicine) – will be a return to Brighton! Watch this space for more details as they emerge. The second, is that the Graphic Medicine organizing committee will be working over the next year to become an official, nonprofit organization known as the Graphic Medicine Collective! At this moment, I have no further information to link you to, but as is the spirit of our movement, details will be made public as we have them. Without further ado, the links!
You can read through the entire conference feed: #GraphicMedicine18.
Or, you can read through these Wakelet compilations created by Patricia Anderson!
Some tweeted thoughts on the conference…
— Garuscaselogs (@garucaselogs) August 24, 2018
Thank you @cartoonstudies @GeiselMed @GraphicMedicine for having me at #comicsandmedicine18! So nice to spend time with people from all disciplines who truly care about graphic medicine and are doing amazing work. Thanks again ?
— Whit Taylor (@WhitTaylorComix) August 19, 2018
Arrived back in the UK, exhausted but happy, after a marvellous week at @cartoonstudies for #GraphicMedicine18 WHAT A CONFERENCE! The bar goes up every year. @OPWhisperer @Ethixbird and I will endeavour to bring you a belter in Brighton next year! #graphicmedicine19
— Ian Williams (@TheBadDr) August 21, 2018
— Rachel HeyGirlField (@Heygirlfield) August 21, 2018
— Michael Green (@mjg15) August 20, 2018
That feeling, after reading through the tweets from #GraphicMedicine18 and realizing you missed some sessions that were absolutely required for you, and you know you MUST GET A TIME-TURNER! pic.twitter.com/YfEd9sUI2c
— P. F. Anderson (@pfanderson) August 20, 2018
— Matthew Noe (@NoetheMatt) August 19, 2018
— Soha Bayoumi (@SohaBayoumi) August 18, 2018
2018 Comics and Medicine Conference Highlights from Sarah Levin-Lederer of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (a sponsor of the conference this year)
The conference schedule and other details remain available here.
Throughout the conference, most sessions were lucky to have assigned Graphic Notetakers! These notes are being uploaded to the CCS’s Conference Page.
One session – Comics & Medicine: Sharing Stories From the White River Junction VA: A Veterans Comics Roundtable – was streamed live and can still be watched at that link.
The artwork for the conference was amazing – did you know you can get it on a T-Shirt?!
Articles & More…
Kickstarter: The Mechanic: A Poem Told in Comics
Kickstarter: Death Sentence Liberty #1
Call for Papers: CFP: Comics on the Couch
Event: See Dana Walrath in Berlin
Webcomic: Between a Breast and a Hard Place
Webcomic (Facebook): Go The Extra Mile
Webcomic (Scholarly): Annals Graphic Medicine – One Artist’s Look at Anxiety and Depression via @DoanWjd1
Comic (Book Release): Escaping Wars and Waves
Scholarly (Video): NNLM Journal Club: Graphic Medicine – August 23, 2018
Podcast (Facebook): Aaron Freeman talks science with Matteo Farinella
Interview: Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez On Creating A Superhero For Puerto Rico (thanks to @KreuterMD for flagging)
Blog: MedLaugh (came up in my searching – looks to be new. Keep an eye on their space!)
Blog: Mental Health Stats…
Book Review: Nightmare Scenarios
Book Review: Dumb: Living without a Voice
Library/Reading: Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell on why we need libraries – an essay in pictures [This is an instance of not-really-GM, but I have to share it]
Four Stories of the Heart [from 2015 but resurfaced]
Some great stuff this week! Did I miss something? Let me know in the comments below or tweet @NoetheMatt! Until next time…