‘This Week in Graphic Medicine’ highlights relevant articles (and tweets) about comics in medicine published during 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…

This Week in Graphic Medicine – A Look Inside…

Last week when I announced the move of this blog series to the Graphic Medicine site (ICYMI), I promised to give some insight into how this post comes to be. I came to graphic medicine by accident in grad school when I was supposed to be finding background on radiological imaging. Now here we are a few years later and I still reflect on that story for one major reason: entry into the field is often random or by accident because the information is hard to find. This is less the case now than it used to be as ‘graphic medicine’ becomes more ingrained into the language of comics, but you still often must search far and wide for links like those below. Enter ‘This Week in Graphic Medicine’.

Each week I populate this post in a variety of ways. First, as things come across my desk. I spend a great deal of time on social media and as time goes on, more-and-more folks send me links that might be relevant to the field. Twitter, as you can see given that tweets have their own section, forms the backbone of finding news on graphic medicine. Some of the most insightful ideas from the field I’ve seen come from twitter conversations and I want to make sure they are persevered somehow. You can get a sense of who I follow each week to see these insights from this list. I also encourage folks to tag things #GraphicMedicine as much as possible – it ensures visibility.

I have also set up alerts for key terms in the field through Google and PubMed. This helps streamline the process for finding articles, scholarly or not. These are not foolproof however, as much of the indexing for the field is poor, so I also do manual searches as a final check for the post in both Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I make my best effort to not share the same articles/information more than once, except in cases of Calls for Papers and Crowdfunding opportunities that I’m particularly excited about.

All of this said, I am absolutely certain that I miss things each week. So I always ask that if you know something I did miss, pass it along so I can make sure it gets included! As a reminder, these posts will be cross-posted on both Graphic Medicine and The Graphic Librarian throughout October – in November, they will be exclusively on GM.

Articles & More… 

Crowdfunding: Crowdfunding Corner Extra: Like an Orange – Wallis Eates Introduces Her New Collaborative Comics Work Focusing on Brain Injury Survivors and Their Artistic Practice

Kickstarter: How Not To Kill Yourself

CFP: CFP: Comics and Critical Librarianship for Academic Libraries

CFC: CORPUS: A Comic Anthology of Bodily Ailments

Conference: Stories of Illness/ Disability in Literature and Comics: Intersections of the Medical, the Personal, and the Cultural

Event: Emil Ferris at the University of Washington

Event: 27th Annual Stanley P. Stone Distinguished Lecture Series Speaker: Artist Lynda Barry [PDF]

Event: MEDstudio@JEFF Spotlights Hunger in Philadelphia through Graphic Medicine Chalkboard Mural

Event: MK Czerwiec – “Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371” – Brian Callender at the Seminary Co-Op

Event (Scholarly): Oakley Memorial Lecture in Medicine and the Arts

Event (Scholarly): “Drawing as a Mode of Caring: Epigenetic Landscapes and Graphic Medicine” (Lecture, Leeds, 12 October 2017)

Scholarly: The visual framing of graphics when used in preventative health digital news packages: exploring the use of a narrative structure as the message infrastructure via @Visual_Linguist

Video: Holy Graphic Medicine, Batman!

Scholarly: Every Little Bit

Scholarly (Law): Using Comics to Communicate Legal Contract Cancellation

Book List: Graphic Medicine in the “Graphic Novels Core Collection”

Blog: The Facts of Life: playlist to the graphic novel via @Paula_JKnight

Webcomic: Medicine as Foreign Language…

Webcomic: It’s All for the Breast via @TheNib

Webcomic: How Do You Adopt an Embryo? via @TheNib

Webcomic: A diary of heart valve surgery [it’s unclear if this is new or old. PLEASE date your work!]

Comic: Freedom City Comics (You can find physical copies of this throughout the UK)

Comic: Parables of Care – a free comic about dementia that will touch your heart

Comic: Parables of Care is Here!

Comic: Parables of Care: A Comic About Dementia Care, Available for Free

Storify: Responses to Parables of Care

Podcast: Episode 13- Paula Knight plus Jonathan Edwards & The Felt Mistress via @ComicArtFestPod

Facebook: Puerto Rico Donation Comic

Library: The Doctor Will Draw You Now: Comics and Medicine via @SMLibrary_TJU

Interview: Kendal Calling: An Interview with comics creator and author Paula Knight

The Best Comics & Graphic Novels of October 2017

The Importance of Storytelling in Medicine

5 Graphic Novels That Are Better than Therapy

Note: While this article has great recommendations, I want to be clear that I DO NOT endorse this headline. Meant more tongue-in-cheek than anything, it is still dangerous. 

S.M.A.S.H. LSCC COMIC CON / 2017 / Pitches

Three Wordless Graphic Novels You Have to “Read”

Why Lowe’s uses comic books to guide innovation

Not healthcare but might give insight into how to convince a hospital to look into them.

2018 applications for the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries now being accepted

Comics Scholarship Finds Its Voice With ‘INKS’ and ‘Drawing the Line’

A womb of their own – a new film about masculine-identified pregnant people


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