‘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… 

Storify: The Art and Science of Immunization: An Interdisciplinary Symposium via @AndreaCharise

Webcomic: Jigsaw Puzzles via @ncasenmare

Webcomic: Arkansas Runs Out of Murder Drugs via @TheNib

Book Release: Lisa and the Lacemaker – The Graphic Novel via @JKPBooks

Event: Using Graphic Novels to Communicate Your Research via @TheSocReview

Event: Nurse-cartoonist MK Czerwiec Reads From Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 4/25

Event: Drawing on Loss: Aging, Illness, and Death in Visual Storytelling

Scholarly: Harnessing the medical humanities for experiential learning.

Scholarly: A comic about birth control educates patients — and providers

Scholarly: Implementation of an Educational Cartoon (“the Patchbook”) and Other Compliance-Enhancing Measures by Orthoptists in Occlusion Treatment of Amblyopia.

Scholarly: 31st North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG) Annual Clinical Research Meeting (ACRM) Program (search comics)

Review: DE TRIPAS Y CORAZÓN via @GraficaMedicina

Review: Cells at Work! Vol. 1 (Kodansha) via @ComicSpectrum

Review: Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 via @GraphicMedicine

Review: More Comics for Public Health Education: Auntie Biotics via @iTrainEU

Review: REVIEW: SAND + BONE via @GraphicPolicy

Review: The Facts of Life – Childlessness and Definitions of Family Examined in Paula Knight’s Myriad Graphic Memoir via @BrokenFrontier

Review: Hole in the Heart: Bringing Up Beth – Henny Beaumont’s Uncompromising Graphic Memoir on Raising a Daughter with Down’s Syndrome via @BrokenFrontier

Review: A Thousand Coloured Castles – Graphic Medicine Meets Twee Middle Class Suburbia in Gareth Brookes’s Darkly Comedic Triumph via @BrokenFrontier

Interview: “I Felt that Comics Could Play Various Roles Within the Theatre of Healthcare” – Ian Williams on Comics as Social Activism and the Birth of Graphic Medicine via @BrokenFrontier

Interview: Cooing Over Pigeons, Webcomics, and Mental Illness with Chuckdrawsthings via @Comicsverse

Interview: “Myriad’s Mission Statement is Quite Simply to Look for New Voices, New Ways of Seeing” – Corinne Pearlman Talks About the Myriad Editions Philosophy via @BrokenFrontier

Interview: “It’s True that I Despise All Humanity but People as Individuals are Always Beautiful to a Degree” – Gareth Brookes on Experimentation, the Zine Scene and ‘A Thousand Coloured Castles’ via @BrokenFrontier

Blog: The Inking Woman/ April news via @Paula_JKnight

Blog: Graphic Medicine Heads to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival via @GraphicPolicy

Podcast: How comics got serious via @NicolaStreeten

Drawn from history via @NicolaStreeten

Myriad Spotlights – ‘Billy, Me & You’ by Nicola Streeten and ‘Becoming Unbecoming’ by Una via @BrokenFrontier

Myriad Spotlights – ‘The Bad Doctor’ by Ian Williams and ‘Things to Do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park’ by Aneurin Wright via @BrokenFrontier

Nihilist Memes Facebook post

New Solo Performance an Intimate Look at Brain Injury via @DoanWjd1

Show, don’t tell: how visuals improve healthcare visits via @Chethanr

The Importance of Addressing Trauma and Mental Health in Comics

Without Fear: How DC’s Green Lanterns Explores Modern-Day Anxieties

Schools urged to show type 1 diabetes cartoon





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