I will be presenting at the third annual Comics & Medicine Conference in Toronto this July! The conference is a two-day event that's open to anyone who is interested in the subject of how comics are being used in a health-care context. This is an academic conference, not a comic-con by the way. There will be a combination of academics and cartoonists presenting and there are also some workshops. It looks like a very interesting few days and I'm looking forward not only to presenting but to attending as many of the programs as I can.
For myself, on Monday, July 23, I will be part of the panel: The role of comics in provider patient communciation. My panel mates will be:
Sarah Lightman: Artist, curator and researcher. (she is co-creator of Laydeez do Comics and the curator of the traveling exhibit, Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women)
Rosalind Penfold: Graphic novelist of Dragonslippers.
I will also present on Tuesday, July 24 in the concurrent, Health-related comics in mainstream news outlets. I'll be showing selected cartoons from my story arcs about infertility and domestic abuse and discussing the inspiration, research and reader response. I'll also show and discuss the strips I created for Canadian Cancer Society to assist with the campaign to promote regular mammogram screening.
Brian Fies, author of the award-winning Mom's Cancer and one of the organizers, shares his thoughts and more details about the conference on his blog.
Take a look at the registration page...and if this is a subject you're interested in, it promises to give you a lot of bang for your $100 registration buck. (note: after May 31, registration will increase to $135...and there is a reduced rate for students and unwaged)
Okay, then. I think I've given you enough links to last through at least two cups of caffeine!