Medicine Gets Graphic This Weekend in WRJ


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“At first you wouldn’t think comics and healthcare would be a natural fit,” says James Sturm, director of the Center for Cartoon Studies, “but here in the Upper Valley we’ve found that they go together like peanut butter and jelly.”

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After being held in places like London, Chicago, and Toronto, the 9th Annual Comics and Medicine Conference comes to White River Junction, VT, through this weekend, August 16-18.

“All over the world artists and healthcare providers are exploring the myriad ways that comics can make healthcare more effective and more humane. This conference brings together innovators from across the globe to share their best practice,” Sturm says.

Conference registration is required to gain access to the full schedule of panel discussions, lectures, and workshops—and may have already sold out—but a handful of cool opportunities are free and open to the public:

Comics and Medicine Market
Thurs., August 16, 4-6pm
Fri., August 17, 12-1:30pm
@ Newberry Marketplace, White River Junction, VT


Pencil Me In: The Process & Practice of Graphic Medicine
Presentation by Stephen BissetteThurs., August 16, 7pm
@ Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, VT

Long-time cartoonist/writer/editor/publisher Stephen R. Bissette has been privileged to witness (and, at times, participate in) the creative process of various cartoonists as they created work that focused on their own personal health issues and histories. Bissette offers an illustrated overview of the path, perils, and potential inherent in the creation of such intensely intimate and introspective works.


Carousel Comics: The Graphic Medicine Show
Fri., August 17, 7:30-10:30pm
@ The Engine Room, White River Junction, VT

Comics Performances and Readings by Cara Bean, Suzy Becker, MK Czerwiec, Glynnis Fawkes, Ellen Forney, Jennifer Hayden, Mita Mahato, Marissa Moss, James Sturm with Dave Lloyd, Whitney Taylor Becker, Kriota Willberg, Ian Williams, and host R. Sikoryak.


Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn!
On display at Dartmouth College’s Bakery Library during the conference.


Curated by cartoon artist Ellen Forney, the exhibition explores an increasingly popular, yet little-known literary field that uses comics to tell personal stories of illness and health. The language of words and pictures gives approachability and emotional impact to these personal stories, and even to the clinical data they sometimes include.


Head to the Center for Cartoon Studies website for all you need to know about the conference!

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