WE'LL SEE YOU AT COMIC-CON!!!
Whoo boy. Gary and I have been sitting on this news for a loooong time (since Feb 27th to be exact). But we finally got the green-light from the powers-that-be to share it with you. YES. Gary (and some of our good pals) will be presenting a panel at the Comic Arts Conference at Comic-Con in just a few weeks! We are freaking out.
But hysterical incredulity aside, we're really excited for what our panel will share with the Comic-Con audience. The panel is going to be about what has always inspired us the most- the use of comics for health education and health promotion. Besides Gary and myself, our panel will feature some real rockstars doing amazing things with comics- Meredith Li-Vollmer, PhD, MA from Seattle & King County Public Health, Claire Berman, MS from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Cathy Leamy, MA from Massachusetts General Hospital. As we mentioned in our abstract, this panel will bring together health care professionals and comic artists actively creating comics to educate patients and the public in areas of diabetes, asthma, emergency preparedness, influenza, HIV/AIDS and more.
Because it's Thursday, I can't help but throw it back. Here's a photo of an 11 year old Alex with my best bud Jason on our way back from a comic book convention (The 1993 Marvel Megatour if I recall correctly).
You see, comics weren't something that discovered as an adult as a powerful medium for a personal memoir. They weren't something I was introduced to as a physician as an effective communication tool. I have been in love with reading and drawing comics since waaaaay before that..... really for as long as I can remember. I went to comic book conventions as a shy, awkward, geeky kid- amazed to meet the real-life comics creators that brought the heroes I loved so much come to life. To actually be presenting my work at a comic book convention, and for it to be Comic-Con International of all places?!
Hang on to your butts,