ABOUT THIS COLLECTION

Graphic Medicine is an emerging field that considers the role that comics and graphic novels can play in medicine – including medical education, health literacy, healthcare communication, and much more. Organized by the MCPHS Center of Health Humanities, the 2020 New England Graphic Medicine Conference was held virtually on March 26-28, 2020, and was supported by the MCPHS University Libraries, the School of Healthcare Business, and the School of Professional Studies. Additional guidance and resources were provided by the Network of the National Library of Medicine New England Region (NNLM NER). This site is a repository of conference materials.

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  • Panel D: Pushing Boundaries

    Feng, Pin-Chia; McGunnigle, Christopher; Sampson, Ian (2020-03-28)
    This panel discussion, "Pushing Boundaries," included the following presentations: Diagnosing the Invisible: Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles and the Ontology of Graphic Medicine, Christopher McGunnigle (Seton Hall University) Humanism and the Premedical Realm: An Exercise in Graphic Medical Education, Ian Sampson (for Barrett Michalec and Frederic W. Hafferty)
  • Workshop B: Drawing through Depression and Cultivating Healthy Artistic Practices

    Gulledge, Laura Lee (2020-03-28)
    This workshop by author and illustrator Laura Lee Gulledge was presented as part of the Virtual Book Tour for the new graphic novel "The Dark Matter of Mona Starr." Learn more: http://www.whoislauralee.com/
  • Workshop C: The Opposite of Silence: A Deep Dive into a Comic about the AIDS Crisis and the Echoes of Empathy

    Lunt, J. D. (2020-03-28)
    In this workshop, cartoonist J. D. Lunt discusses the process, creative decisions, and influences that informed the creation and meaning behind his four-panel comic about empathy and the AIDS crisis. Find J. D.'s work online at https://www.jdlunt.com/.
  • Panel B: Minding Graphic Medicine’s Rise

    Noe, Matthew; Leamy, Cathy; Photinakis, Maria; Ronan, Lara K. (2020-03-28)
    This panel discussion, "Minding Graphic Medicine’s Rise," included the following presentations: Graphic Medicine & Canonization: Are We on a Worrisome Path?, Matthew Noe (Countway Library, Harvard Medical School) Who’s in the Room?, Cathy Leamy Climate Anxiety: What we need to talk about when we talk about climate change, Maria Photinakis Differences in Comic Representation of Seizure with Patients and Healthcare Providers, Lara K. Ronan (Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth)
  • Who’s in the Room?

    Leamy, Cathy (2020-03-28)
    This presentation covers: portrayal in graphic medicine publications; and, participation in the graphic medicine community. To view a recording of this presentation and the panel discussion, see Panel B: Minding Graphic Medicine’s Rise.
  • Sketch notes for the 2020 New England Graphic Medicine (NEGM) Conference

    Bartholomew, Sandy (2020-03-28)
    Sketch notes for each day of the 2020 New England Graphic Medicine (NEGM) Conference by graphic notetaker Sandy Bartholomew of BEEZ ink Studio, http://www.sandybartholomew.com/.
  • Closing Remarks

    Lewis, A. David (2020-03-28)
    Closing remarks for the 2020 New England Graphic Medicine Conference by conference organizer A. David Lewis, MCPHS University.
  • Panel C: Intersections

    Manley, Issy; Wardlaw, Natalie; Persing, Sage; Cohen, Phoebe; Roehr, Karen E. (2020-03-28)
    The video of this panel discussion, "Intersections," will be available in July 2020. The panel discussion included the following presentations: Witness, Absence, Trauma, and Process: Artists from the Center for Cartoon Studies Reflect on Narrative and Practice -- Issy Manley, Natalie Wardlaw, and Sage Persing (The Center for Cartoon Studies) Epilepsy and Law Enforcement -- Phoebe Cohen The Young Adult Need for Graphic Medicine -- Karen E. Roehr (UMASS Lowell)
  • Graphic Medicine & Canonization: Are We on a Worrisome Path?

    Noe, Matthew (2020-03-28)
    This presentation discusses how graphic medicine has been a movement for change that challenges the dominant methods of scholarship in healthcare, offering a more inclusive perspective and giving a voice to those who are often not heard. Noe encourages librarians to make sure this movement continues. To view a recording of this presentation and the panel discussion, see Panel B: Minding Graphic Medicine’s Rise.
  • Climate Anxiety: What we need to talk about when we talk about climate change

    Photinakis, Maria (2020-03-28)
    This presentation discusses the emotional toll of climate change: climate anxiety. To view a recording of this presentation and the panel discussion, see Panel B: Minding Graphic Medicine’s Rise.
  • Diagnosing the Invisible: Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles and the Ontology of Graphic Medicine

    McGunnigle, Christopher (2020-03-28)
    Graphic medicine is frequently based upon autobiographical narratives that are ontologically unsound. Graphic medicine uses visual and verbal media (and their hybrid form) to present information but how ontologically sound are these media and their hybrids? Medical narrative relies upon chronological and temporal obedience which graphic narrative both simulates and deconstructs. Autobiographical narratives frequently rely upon authenticating paratexts which appear absent in graphic medicine texts. To view a recording of this presentation and the panel discussion, see Panel D: Pushing Boundaries.
  • Workshop A: Experience, Process and Papercuts: Making Mental Health Comics

    Barnett, Beth; Sux, Liz Bolduc (2020-03-27)
    Cartoonists Beth Barnett and Liz Bolduc Sux discuss the process of making comics about mental health. Find work from the presenters online: Liz Bolduc Sux: https://www.lizbolducsux.com/ Beth Barnett: https://bethbarnett.co/
  • Keynote with Brian Fies

    Fies, Brian (2020-03-27)
    Keynote presentation for the 2020 New England Graphic Medicine Conference by cartoonist Brian Fies. Additional reading mentioned in the keynote: - Brian's Blog: http://brianfies.blogspot.com/ - No Ordinary Flu from Public Health Seattle-King County: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/preparing-yourself/pandemic-flu/comic.aspx - A Fire Story Animation by KQED: https://www.kqed.org/arts/13813960/watch-a-santa-rosa-cartoonists-a-fire-story-come-to-life
  • Panel A: Coronavirus Discussion

    Jaggers, Alice; Taichman, Darren (2020-03-27)
    This panel discussion, "Coronavirus Discussion," included the following presentations: COVID Comics – Alice Jaggers, https://www.graphicmedicine.org/covid-19-comics/ Brave New World: Including Graphic Medicine in a Traditional Medical Journal – Darren Taichman (Annals of Internal Medicine) Q&A and Open Discussion Resources mentioned in this session: COVID Comics on graphicmedicine.org: https://www.graphicmedicine.org/covid-19-comics/ The Amazing Captain Fit - web comic that teaches fitness and healthy lifestyle to kids: https://healthelinks.org/kidshealth/captain_fit_info_page.html Annals of Internal Medicine - Annals of Graphic Medicine: https://www.acpjournals.org/topic/web-exclusives/annals-graphic-medicine Annals of Graphic Medicine - 50 Shades of Gray Matter Video: https://doi.org/10.7326/G14-0006 Annals of Internal Medicine - Annals Story Slam: https://www.acpjournals.org/topic/web-exclusives/annals-story-slam
  • Opening Remarks

    Lewis, A. David (2020-03-26)
    Opening remarks for the 2020 New England Graphic Medicine Conference by conference organizer A. David Lewis, MCPHS University.