We spend a lot of time talking about comics events here at The Beat, but here’s one that managed to elude us completely: the Graphic Medicine Conference. Held in London, UK, it’s was all about, well, what it sounds like, as Daryl Cunningham explains:
The event was well attended. There were about seventy-five delegates there, from all over the world. Quite a lot of people from Canada. The main thrust of the conference was to explore the medical narrative in graphic novels and comics. Sounds a bit dry and surely there’s only a tiny area to explore? Not so. In recent years there’s been a small explosion of medical-themed graphic novels. A few of the creators of these books were at the event. Brian Fies, talking about his book Mom’s Cancer: A Family’s Experience In Comics. Also attending was Philippa Perry, author of Couch Fiction, a graphic novel about psychotherapy. And, of course, I was there with Psychiatric Tales.
More in the link. If nothing else, we have the perfect “distraught at the keyboard” graphic now.