Tag Archives: Comics

Drawing the chemotherapy chair

Juliet McMullin California, USA   Brewing Chemo. By Matt Freedman, Relatively Indolent but Relentless: A Cancer Treatment Journal. Copyright© 2014 by Matt Freedman. Reprinted with the permission of The Permissions Company, LLC on behalf of Seven Stories Press, www.sevenstories.com. “Arrangement in Grey and Black” is a panel from Brian Fies’ comic Mom’s Cancer (2006). Objects […]

Manga as medical critique

Adil Menon Cleveland, Ohio   Osama Tezuka 1951 “Godfather of Manga” Stark lines are often drawn in American and European literature between graphic novels, which cater primarily to adults, and comics, which despite their broad appeal are perceived as being meant for younger audiences. No such dichotomy exists within the Japanese medium of manga, an […]

Comics as a means of observation and reflection

Rose Glennerster Brighton, United Kingdom   Comics have long been used as a way of attacking cultural and political hierarchy, as has the art of caricature.1, 2 They can also be used as a way to explore and understand the link between the medical profession and the rest of society.3 My comic is not intended […]

Life is a game: visual metaphors in Brian Fies’s Mom’s Cancer

Sathyaraj Venkatesan Anu Mary Peter Tiruchirapalli, India   Figure 1. Fies, Brian. 2006. Mom’s Cancer. New York: Abrams Image. Motivated by a “desire to give meaning to the lives lived in uncertainty”1 and illustrate the experience of enduring an illness, the creators of comics often resort to visual metaphors that render a patient’s physical and […]