Introducing Graphic Medicine

Books, Health and History

Ian Williams and MK Czerwiec, authors of today’s guest post, co-run the website They will present “Graphic Medicine and the Multiplanar Body” at our October 18th festival, Art, Anatomy, and the Body: Vesalius 500.

The 2010 Comics & Medicine gathering before Senate House. The 2010 Comics & Medicine gathering before Senate House.

In the summer of 2010 a group of scholars, health care professionals, and comics artists gathered in Senate House, London. This brutal-looking art deco building, said to have inspired George Orwell’s “Ministry of Truth,” represented Gotham City Courts in the films Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Those gathered, however, were not particularly interested in superheroes. They focused on graphic memoirs of illness, a modern phenomenon born of the counterculture in the 60s and 70s that has gathered momentum over the last 20 years.

Among the 75 delegates from around the world were the authors of this blog entry. The lead organizer…

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Deutschlandfunk: Professor Brinkmann, Dr. House und das Bild der Medizin in den Medien

I was on German national radio yesterday. An interview by Cajo Kutzbach for Deutschlandfunk, recorded during my recent trip to Ulm for The conference Medical Images and Medical Narratives in Late Modern Popular Culture, at which I was speaking on the Iconography of illness and in comics and graphic novels.Deutschlandfunk

you can listen here, but my voice is overdubbed in German.

It was a great conference, organised by Arno Görgen and Heiner Fangerau of the University of Ulm. 

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Here I am, giving my talk. Thanks to Dr. Karen Ferreira-Meyers for the photo.  DSC09860

Reviews and Interviews.

Doctors, like artistsI’ve been busy over the last month, promoting The Bad Doctor. Here is a list of recent interviews and reviews.

I’ve had a review in the independent , a shelfie, and wrote a piece for them about OCD, which seemed to go down well.

I was interviewed in The Conversation.

TBD was in the Escape Top 10 Graphic novels and I did an interview for them.

Good write ups from Forbidden Planet  and Page 45 and Broken Frontier

and another one on Broken Frontier.

An interview with Viva Brighton

Another on Panel Beats

A mention on the Picador Blog.

and this is my favourite Amazon review:

5.0 out of 5 stars

Moving, funny and very human, 23 Jun 2014


R. A. Harris (Surrey) – See all my reviews



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This review is from: Bad Doctor, The (Paperback)

This review is hard for me as I just want to press this book into people’s hands and tell them to read it for god’s sake. As a GP I can vouch for its verisimilitude – the patient vignettes are absolutely bang on and reflect the utter privilege, frustration and wonder I feel every day when I go to work. I also loved how Williams managed to weave Iwan’s humanity into every page. Like his patients, Iwan is a person too, and he matters; his is a story worth telling. Also, his senior partner is a dick. We’ve all been there…