Medical Comic Conference: Graphic Medicine June 2011 in Chicago

Brian Fies, the talented author of Mom’s Cancer, passes along the following event news:

The second international conference on Graphic Medicine will be held June 9-11, 2011, in Chicago. I was a keynote speaker at the first conference in London last June and thought it was terrific — interesting, fun, and potentially important. The concept is that cartooning and medicine have some interesting overlap that can benefit both. Think of work like Our Cancer Year, Stitches, Epileptic, Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person, my book Mom’s Cancer, and many more.

The organizing committee for the 2011 event has just issued a Call for Papers. We’re looking for presentations that would be right for a lecture, workshop, or poster session on the theme “Comics and Medicine: The Sequential Art of Illness.” David Small is a confirmed keynote speaker and we are negotiating with other notable creators to appear as well.

I wish I was going to be in the area; it sounds like a really interesting blend of fields. I’d love to see someone present on Tezuka’s Black Jack!

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