‘This week in #graphicmedicine’ highlights relevant articles (and tweets) about comics in medicine published during a the week (Saturday – Friday). Articles are typically presented without commentary, with credit given to those who flagged them up where possible. So without further ado…

Special Announcement: I will be hosting an upcoming webinar out of the NNLM New England Region office on March 7th! This will be a quick and easy introduction to Graphic Medicine specifically meant for librarians, but will be of interest to others as well. You can register (for free!) here: Introduction to Graphic Medicine.

Call for Papers: The AMA Journal of Ethics is seeking papers for an upcoming issue focusing on Graphic Medicine. The full-call is quoted below:

The arts have long been used as cultivars of reflection and storytelling about health and health care. Like novels, short stories, painting, sculpture, and film, comics can convey poignant stories, deliver analytical depth, and offer interpretive alternatives to text-based ethical inquiry. The February 2018 issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics will explore comics’ power to visually represent and comment on health care and health care experiences, guide patients’ and clinicians’ learning, and approach consideration of values in health care not only ethically, but aesthetically.

Manuscripts submitted for peer review consideration and inclusion in this issue must follow all Instructions for Authors and be submitted by 6 August 2017.

Call for Papers: TORCH Oxford is seeking papers for an upcoming symposium: ‘Documenting Trauma: Comics and the Politics of Memory’. An abbreviated call is quoted below (full-call here):

Beginning with a talk from comics artist Nicola Streeten, and concluding with a keynote from Professor Hillary Chute, this symposium will seek to address the following questions: why have so many comics and other graphic narratives, the production and publication of which has exploded in recent years, been framed as memoirs or non-fictional documentaries of traumatic events? Is there a relationship between the comics form, as distinct from film and written narrative through its inclusion of multiple visual panels, and the remembrance and recovery of trauma? How do the interpretive demands made by these disjointed formal attributes impinge on readers of comics and shape their relationship to historical traumatic events? To this end, we welcome abstracts of between 250 to 350 words for papers concerned with, though not limited to, the following themes:

• depictions of social and (auto)biographical traumatic experience in comics and other graphic narratives

• formal innovations in comics relating to the communication/recovery of traumatic experience

• comics and the post-memorialisation of trauma, that is, responses to traumatic events not directly experienced by the author(s)

• issues of genre and representations of genre, such as tensions and differences between graphic fiction, memoir and documentary

• comics as archives, the inclusion and assimilation of historical documents and photographs

• relationships between traumatic pasts and political presents in comics and graphic narratives

• selective memory in comics narratives and the interpellation of readers

Abstracts should be sent to Network Convener, Dominic Davies, at dominic.davies@ell.ox.ac.uk by Friday 10th March 2017. The event is free, but registration is required and will open on 27th March

2017. The link will be accessible from the TORCH Comics Network blog (www.torch.ox.ac.uk/comics), where other updates will also be announced.

Articles & More… 

Webcomic: Big, Beautiful Coverage via @TheNib

Webcomic: Dear Trans Students

Webcomic: The Story of Two Rapes

Webcomics: Five Trans Cartoonists Respond to Bathroom Hysteria via @TheNib

Kickstarter: The Ally Bally Bee Project

Kickstarter: Femme Magnifique

Book Review: March Graphic Novel of the Month: The Facts of Life

Book Review: The Facts of Life via @Ink_Mag_UK

Radio: Nicola Streeten talks Graphic Medicine with BBC Radio 4 (last segment)

Video: 2017 MSU Comics Forum: Creator Keynote Address (James Sturm)

Library Post: HSLS Update: Graphic Medicine via @HSLSPitt

How the humble comic book could become the next classroom superhero via @Paul_Aleix

Civic Minded via @Kriota

What comic books have in common with Brecht

The Seven Steps on George Saunders’s Path to Compassion via @ComicsGrid


* This is the anchor-tweet for a lot of good Graphic Medicine reading suggestions

Some great stuff this week! Did I miss something? Let me know in the comments below or tweet @NoetheMatt! Until next time…