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February 20, 2017

Collected cardiovascular comics

Filed under: CHD, comics — ootastic @ 5:22 pm

Over the past decade, there has been an increasing wealth of graphic narratives around subjects such as cancer and mental issues. However, as I’ve been researching and drawing about my own congenital heart defect, I’ve found a relative lack of comics around cardiovascular conditions.  I’ve summarised what I’ve found so far below and would love to hear any other recommendations.

Two graphic memoirs touch on heart issues, both recently published by the excellent Myriad Editions.  In Hole in the Heart, Henny Beaumont charts her daughter’s Down’s syndrome – including the diagnosis of and successful surgery for a congenital heart defect.  The so-called “dead baby story that is funny”, Billy, Me & You, sees Nicola Streeten dealing with bereavement following her young son’s death after heart surgery.

The Annals of Internal Medicine journal publishes an ever-expanding collection of graphic narratives and comics in their Annals of Graphic Medicine.  These include Missed It about a missed diagnosis of aortic stenosis,  the self-explanatory Atrial Flutter and Judgement Call which considers pacemaker therapy for an elderly relative.

Scientific cartoons sometimes make it into the popular press, including this one on xenotransplantation in Wired magazine (page 103).  There are also numerous newspaper-style one-frame cartoons viewable various archive websites such as CartoonStock and the Cartoonist Group.

Medical Tales Retold is an 25-episode online webcomic dealing with all matters medical, including an excerpt from Palpitations – full version accessible via the Tapastic app on iTunes or Google Play.  The same author, The Awkward Yeti, also has a series of over two hundred comics featuring the lovable recurring character Heart (plus his friend Brain) – although these are more humorous then medical!

Finally, as we all know, the Marvel comics character and lead Avenger Iron Man famously uses a magnetic field generator to prevent shrapnel from fatally reaching his heart.  I’m also amused to discover the lesser-known Marvel character Cardiac, a vigilante physician/entrepeneur battling corporate greed. Could he be the next entrant to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

 

February 8, 2017

Discworld Revisited recap: 10 down, 31 to go!

Filed under: books, Discworld — ootastic @ 9:30 am

Nearly two years ago, after the sad death of author Terry Pratchett, I decided to re-read all of the Discworld novels in chronological order and tweet my favourite lines (which often reflect current affairs).  I’ve now finished ten of the forty-one books and though I’d have a recap:

The Colour of Magic: Twoflower grinned. “Magic is one thing, and reflected-sound-as-of-underground-spirits is another.” (24 Aug 2015)

The Light Fantastic: The other skeletal hand held small cubes of cheese and pineapple on a stick…”I WAS AT A PARTY.” (3 Oct 2015)

Equal Rites: “Stop stuttering, man, you’d think you’d never seen a women before.” (7 Jan 2016)

Mort: “I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU,” he said, “BUT I COULD MURDER A CURRY.” (30 Jan 2016)

Sourcery: “Not much call for a barbarian hairdresser…no one wants a shampoo-and-beheading.” (4 Mar 2016)

Wyrd Sisters (my favourite so far): “When shall we three meet again?”…”Well, I can do next Tuesday.” (26 Mar 2016)

Pyramids: “…I think it’s called a mocracy, and it means everyone in the whole country can say who the new Tyrant is.” (13 Jun 2016)

Guards! Guards!: “I knew this cross-eyed gorgon once, oh, she was a terror. Kept turning her own nose to stone.” (12 Jul 2016)

Moving Pictures: “T’was beauty killed the beast.”…”No, it wasn’t. It was splatting into the ground like that.” (5 Nov 2016)

Reaper Man: Every day took an age to go by, which was odd, because days plural went past like a stampede. (23 Dec 2016)

 

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