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Readling list before Comics and Medicine


Alex recently shamed me with his superior knowledge of Green Lantern because I accidentally used a picture of Sinestro when I should have used a picture of Hal Jordan in a draft of our presentation slides for the Comics and Medicine conference. But I have been diving into a reading list of medical-themed comics...mostly just what I can find at the public library. Here are the first three on my list:

Our Cancer Year by Joyce Brabner and Harvey Pekar

Joyce is actually the headline speaker at the conference, so this was one I could not miss. This book is emotional and blunt. I imagine its portrayal of the the absurdity, pain, and boredom of life during cancer treatment is accurate.

The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA by Mark Schultz, Zander Cannon, and Kevin Cannon

I'm only part way through, but I've learned a lot about RNA. I first thought the premise of an intelligent invertebrate alien species inspecting the reproductive systems of humans was a silly idea...well maybe it is a silly idea, but it's working for me as a reader.

With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child, Vol. 1 by Keiko Tobe

The panels are complex with characters' display of action and thought blending, and sometimes I have to reread a page to figure out the movement of time. This is the first modern Japanese comic I've read in a while (usually I stick to Tezuka). I like how explosively the emotions are drawn in this book. Unfortunately, I'm not reading in Japanese. The whole series is translated into English.

More Books And here is what I should actually be reading because these are the books that will actually be discussed at the panels at the Comics and Medicine conference.

Monsters by Ken Dahl

Black Hole by Charles Burns (actually I already read this one!)

Love and Rockets by Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez

Silver Scorpion by Liquid Comics

Skinny Leg by Jenny Lin

Rex Mundi by Arvid Nelson, Jeremy Cox, Eric Johnson, and Juan Ferreyra

Special Exits by Joyce Farmer

The Collected Essex County [Paperback] by Jeff Lemire Cancer Vixen: A True Story by Marisa Acocella Marchetto

And there are more listed in the conference program that I should but these were the easiest for me to find online so I'm hoping they will be at the library.