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1 Graphic Medicine in the Academy Susan Squier Bethany Doane Derek Lee Joshua Leone Penn State University

2 Graphic Medicine graduate seminar

3 Rationale Why teach comics in the academy? – To catalyze engaged scholarly work. – To transcend disciplinary barriers. – To prepare students to be “critical discerning humane participants in the future delivery of healthcare.” – Erin Gentry Lamb, April 6, How to sell comics to department administrators? – In two words: digital humanities – Oh, and students love learning about comics.

4 Syllabus: comics Some of the comics we read Brian Fies, Mom’s Cancer Lynda Barry, excerpts from One Hundred Demons David Small, Stitches Ellen Forney, Marbles Marjane Satrapi, Embroideries Joyce Farmer, Special Exits Sarah Leavitt, Tangles

5 Syllabus: graphic medicine and comics theory Charles Hatfield, Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature, Green and Myers, “Graphic Medicine: The Use of Comics in Medical Education and Patient Care,” BMJ 13 March Daniel Worden, “The Shameful Art: McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Comics, and the Politics of Affect” Ian Williams, “Graphic medicine: comics as medical narrative” Medical Humanities (2012) Kai Mikkonen, “Presenting Minds in Graphic Narratives” (2008)

6 Visitors Ian Williams and MK Czerwiec Webmasters of Ian Williams is the author most recently of Bad Doctor, and Czerwiec, whose comic “Harry” will appear in the Graphic Medicine special issue of Configurations: Journal of Literature, Science, and the Arts, is at work on her first graphic novel, Taking Turns: A Careography. Williams and Czerwiec visited for one three hour seminar. They talked with the students about their own work creating and teaching comics and responding to studio work.

7 Visitors Joyce Farmer, one of the original feminist cartoonists of the 1960s. An underground cartoonist from Laguna Beach, California, Farmer is the author of Tits n’ Clits Comix, Pandora’s Box, Abortion Eve, and most recently Special Exits.

8 Studio time—the middle hour

9 We all made comics—even me.

10 Bethany Doane, “Pushing Back”

11 Derek Lee, “The Adventures of Superdad”

12 Joshua Leone “Psychological injuries are invisible”


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