When Manga Promotes Fruit Conspumption – The Comics & Medicine Conference Is Almost Upon Us

flyer-11inx17in-h-frontIt's time for the fifth, yes, fifth Comics And Medicine conference, at the end of the month, in Baltimore. Founded by physician Ian Williams and RN MK Czerwiec, both comic creators, as GraphicMedicine.org.

If anyone ever wants evidence of the mainstreaming of comic books, this is it right here. Papers have been submitted and have been approved and will be presented through three-and-a-half days, about how comic books can help teach, help educate, even help cure. We quoted Alan Moore earlier today about how comic books does something unique to the human brain. This is that in practice.

The conference has four keynote speakers talking about their current relevant work.

Ellen Forney on her graphic novel Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me.

University of Calgary professor  Arthur W. Frank on how illness and suffering is depicted in graphic novels and how they may help patients.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Assistant Professor Carol Tilley will talk about Fredric Wertham and Seduction of the Innocent – and what's wrong with the conclusions about how comics lead to juvenile delinquency.

And James Sturm will talk about how the Center for Cartoon Studies works with veterans and will run a workshop session focused on that.

The program below includes such gems as

  • Luke Cage Comics and Race-Based Unethical Medical Experiments
  • Graphic Novels: A New Stress Mitigation Tool for Military Training
  • Comics 4 Health Coverage: Four Panels on Why Health Insurance Matters
  • Fight for Your Right to Fruit: Development of a Manga Comic Promoting Fruit Consumption in Youth
  • A Year Without a Drink — Catherine's Diary. A Weekly Webcomic
  • Superheroes and Social Justice: Teaching an Undergraduate Bioethics Course Through the Use of Comic Books and Popular Culture
  • "Why Couldn't You Let Me Die?": Teen Titans' Cyborg, Social Death and Narratives of Disability
  • Open up a Few Zombie Brains: a Critique of Neuroimaging in The Zombie Autopsies
  • Captain Stent – Heartland Ranger – How to Explain to Patients What Happened During Myocardial Infarction (MI) and Support Positive Lifestyle Changes After MI.

And many, many, many more.

Sponsored by The Department of Art as Applied to Medicine and The Division of Interventional Neuroradiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Diamond Comic Distributors, SPX, The Vesalius Trust, Center for Cartoon Studies, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Atomic Books, Graphic Medicine and the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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