‘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.

Registration is now open!

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.

PathoGraphics Call for Papers: Paper proposals should include a title, a 300-word abstract (max.) for a 20-minute presen­tation, and a short biographical note with institutional affiliation (where appropriate). Abstracts and papers can be in either English or German. Please submit by May 31, 2017, to: pathographics@fu-berlin.de. The full-call can be found on the Graphic Medicine website.

Articles & More… 

Webcomic: Sex Work is Work. And it Needs a Safe Workplace. via @TheNib

Webcomic: Coming Out to My Daughter via @TheNib

Webcomic: The Pencilsword: No ‘I’ in sex

Animated Comic: Type 1: Origins via @Parthaskar

Political Cartoon: Sting Operation

Scholarly: Annals Graphic Medicine – Anatomy of a Donut Hole

Scholarly: Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society First Volume


Also make sure to check out their Twitter feed @GraficaMedicina – they had a huge launch conversation/chat on 3/24/17 and it is simply too much to capture below. Seriously though – go read through it, meet some great folks, and learn about their ongoing and upcoming work!

Blog Post: All along the ivory tower via @matteofarinella

Facebook: Kurt Shaffert on Foot Recovery

Educational: Visualizing and Drawing Anatomy Workshop via @Kriota

Interview: Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 – a graphic memoir by MK Czerwiec via @centerHMP

Interview: 10 things concerning Erika Moen, Matthew Nolan, and ‘Oh Joy Sex Toy Coloring Book’ via @doomrocket_

The Comics Revealing Medical School’s Hidden Flaws and Hard Lessons

How Libraries are Making Comic Conventions Accessible

El dolor, las entrañas y el ‘amigo’ retrete

Here’s The Real Problem With Casually Using The Word ‘Depressed’

7 Tips for Breastfeeding Success That No One Tells You About

A toda pastilla (cómic) // Fulvio Capurso y Jordi Relaño

Eisai releases sixth ‘Medikidz Explain Epilepsy’ comic

Cartoon abstracts are a very effective way to bring research to life, writes Daniel Pullin

The Power of Visual Journaling


Sole Otero, amores tóxicos en viñetas


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