‘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…

2017 Comics and Medicine Conference Information:

These links are meant to provide quick-jumps to Conference Info pages. Full information about the conference can be found on the Graphic Medicine website.

2017 Seattle Conference Sponsors

Hotel Information: Lodging in Seattle

Call for Art: The 2017 Comics and Medicine Conference committee is seeking original art submissions broadly related to health access and accessibility. The call is quoted below, while submission details can be found here:

This year’s Comics and Medicine Conference is seeking original comics on issues broadly related to health access and accessibility for a comics newspaper anthology that will debut at the conference in Seattle this June. We seek comics that explore topics including, but not limited to, disability, health education among underserved communities, personal or professional experiences with health access, gendered experiences with health access, systemic and structural inequities in health care, mental health, care-taking, politics and health access, and environmental health.

This is an open call and all are welcome to submit comics regardless of whether you plan to attend the conference. Because we aim to distribute the paper free of charge, there is no payment available for artists. However, all published artists will receive a limited number of copies of the paper and have the opportunity to exhibit their original art at the conference.

Although we intend to make space for all submissions that address the conference theme, the editorial team reserves the right to determine whether the content of a submission is suitable for publication.

All art should be in black and white or greyscale, be 10” w x 7.75” h (1/2 page) OR 10” w x 16”h (full page), and include a title and your name or pen name within those margins. Please consider carefully whether a half or full page is suitable for the content of your work (we may scale full pages down when appropriate). All files should be submitted as tiffs. For greyscale scans use 300 dpi; for bitmap use 1200 dpi. You may submit existing art so long as you have permission to use it and it fits the specs. Please direct any questions to graphic.medicine.conference@gmail.com.

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.

Articles & More… 

Internal Blog Post: Updates on Graphic Medicine at the Lamar Soutter Library

New Initiative: Graphic Medicine Book Club Kits

Webinar: Introduction to Graphic Medicine (click on Recording to view)

Conference: Comics and Memory (Full Program)

Event: Patient Stories from the SKC Clinic Exhibition Celebration

Webcomic: My Life as a Hemophobe via @TheNib

Webcomic: The GOP’s Big Healthcare Reveal via @TheNib

Webcomic: We Can Do It via @TheNib

Webcomic: The Republican Healthcare Bill: How Does it Work?  via @TheNib

Webcomic: Artist Channels Her Anxiety And Depression Into Hilarious Comics via @GraphicMedicine

Scholarly: Annals Graphic Medicine – Something Strange

Kids Activity: Keep S’Myelin: An Activity Book for Kids about Multiple Sclerosis via @infobendr

Facebook: Nicola Streeten and BBC

Book Review: 52 in 52: At War With Yourself via @Comicosity

Book Review: Not Funny Ha-Ha – Leah Hayes via @BooksWithJane

Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it’s Classroom Hero: why World Comic Book Day is next via @Paul_Aleix

An Artist Helps iTunes’ User Agreement Go Down Easy

^Note: This is not exactly graphic medicine, but discussing turning legal documents into something understandable is exactly what I want to see GM do.

The puzzling way Republicans want to replace the individual mandate, explained with a cartoon

Comics Pack An Emotional Punch

On the Birth of My Grandbook via @AliceDreger



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