Comics & Medicine: Part 1

There’s been an avalanche of comics and medicine news recently, and like any true medical specialty, now there’s a conference! The second annual Comics and Medicine conference was held June 9-11, entitled The Sequential Art of Illness, at Northwestern University. Publisher’s Weekly and the NYT have coverage of the meeting.

Comics and Medicine was the fruit of collaboration among a series of humanities and medical professionals – CK Czerwiec (Comic Nurse), Ian Williams, a physician-artist who runs Graphic Medicine, Michael Green, professor of humanities and medicine at Penn State, Brian Fies (2005 Eisner winner for Mom’s Cancer), and Susan Squier, professor of the humanities at Penn State.   The next event is a meeting at the Henry Moore Institute, Graphic Medicine: Visualizing the Stigma of Illness.

And if you’re looking to fill up your beach reading this summer, check out some of these medical graphic novels (generously borrowed from Cian O’Luanaigh’s list):

An Elegy for Amelia Johnson by Andrew Rostan

Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary by Justin Green

Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story by Frederick Peeters

Cancer Vixen by Marisa Acocella Marchetto

Couch Fiction by Phillipa Perry

Epileptic by David B

I had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone

It’s a Bird by Steven T. Seagle

Level Up by Gene Luen Yang

Mom’s Cancer by Brian Fies

Psychiatric Tales by Darryl Cunningham

Something Different About Dad by Kirsti Evans

Stitches by David Small

Tangles by Sarah Leavitt

More on our favorite new specialty in the coming week.

Updates: A few corrections above re: conference organizers.

image via nytimes, © Thom Ferrier 2011

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