The Region 7 Graphic Medicine COI welcomed 24 colleagues from across the Network for a Graphic Medicine Virtual Social on May 25. Attendees got the chance to network through facilitated conversations and participating in drawing and storytelling games.
Although the majority of attendees were from R7, we welcomed folks from all but one NNLM region and even within R7, we saw some new faces.
Not only were participants able to share across the Network, but they also brought a range of experience with graphic medicine with over half being new and they were able to connect with more experienced peers.
Participants had the chance to talk up their favorite work of graphic medicine, recommend new books and also discuss resources for finding titles.
Books discussed included works for kids, such as El Deafo, Melting Down: a Comic for Kids with Asperger’s Disorder, Ghosts, works in French, such as Comment comprendre mon copain autiste, Ted, drôle de coco, Paroles de Sourds, The Third Person and First Year Out on trans* experiences, and books about mental health such as, Marbles, Rx: A Graphic Memoir, and Trauma is Really Strange.
Other titles discussed included:
And Coming soon: Smile! You’re a Caregiver, a resource for caregivers of people with Parkinson’s Disease.
Attendees also recommended the GMIC Award short list, Essential GM list, the graphic medicine collection at Countway, and the libguide from Rocky Vista University, Graphic Novels and Humanity of Mental Illness: An Annotated Bibliography as resources for finding titles.
Folks recommended the resources from Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn, the NLM’s graphic medicine exhibit, that has lesson plans for students including university modules.
If you’re in R7, consider joining the Graphic Medicine COI to network and plan future events. For anyone in any region, we’d love to hear ideas for future webinars, events or projects. To get involved or to tell us about what you’d like to see next, email Sarah Levin-Lederer.
Learn more about R7’s graphic medicine work and: