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July 9, 2019

Vital Statistics

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April 1, 2019

Shades of Graze

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September 11, 2018

Collected parenting comics

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After years of reading infertility comics, my attention has turned to those dealing with parenting. My family have just reached the end of our first long school holiday (thank goodness for retired grandparents!), so I’ve been collecting some of my favourites while I’ve had the chance. As per that previous link, online comics magazine The Nib occasionally includes relevant non-fiction (which I nearly mis-typed as “mom-fiction”) stories such as Bicultural Parenting by Nidhi Chanani and Maternity Aggrieved by Matt Lubchansky. Mutha Magazine, which explores real-life stories of motherhood, regularly features lengthy comics.  In book form, Kate Evans has published an illustrated guide to breastfeeding in The Food of Love while Lucy Knisely’s autobiographical Kid Gloves is due in February 2019. As I’ve touched on in previous blog posts, several graphic medicine books have been created by parents (bereaved or otherwise) about their children, including Billy, Me & You by Nicola Streeten and Hole in the Heart by Henny Beaumont. Meanwhile, one-pagers by TwistedDoodles often include the antics of her toddler twins.  From the male perspective, LunarBaboon and Fowl Language Comics never fail to make me laugh. It should be noted that these just a few of the many parenting comics available – feel free to suggest some more!

July 4, 2018

Comic review: The Zipper Club

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I was born with a congenital heart defect and am fortunate that it didn’t really affect my childhood. Aside from my scar and semi-regular hospital check-ups, I was mainly glad it got me out of doing cross country at school! But as a CHD patient and comics fan, it’s great find The Zipper Club graphic novels about a bunch of kids at Camp BraveHearts. These colourful and energetic, yet poignant, stories show them doing normal kid stuff such as making friends, playing games and telling ghost stories. I attended my first Somerville Foundation patient meet-up last October, and although we didn’t compare scars (or scares!), it was great to talk to people who can understand what you’ve been through, especially when sometimes we won’t all make it back. This year I’m going to teach them the Tetralogy of Fallot secret handshake!

March 16, 2018

More comics about scientists

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It’s come to my attention that my recent blog post missed some interesting comics about scientists, so please consider this a follow-up.  Matteo Farinella pointed me to his collection of Cartoon Science links, which includes Darwin: A Graphic Biography (sub-titled “the Really Exciting and Dramatic Story of a Man who Mostly Stayed at Home and Wrote Some Books”) by Eugene Byrne and Simon Gurr. As recommended by Jordan Collver, Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm chronicles the controversial endeavours of Robert Oppenheimer and other atomic physicists.  Also from the same creator is Attitiudes vs Actions, a graphic essay about sociologist Richard LaPiere’s research into racial discrimination.

I was especially pleased to find more stories about female scientists. Neuroscientist Rita Levi-Montalcini has been the subject of two comics: Finding her Nerve by Dwayne Godwin and Jorge Cham of PhDcomics fame), and a 40-page comic by Manfredi Toraldo and Franceso Mobili. Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu includes astronaut Mae Jemison (who also features in the Women of NASA Lego set) and forensic pioneer Frances Glessner Lee.  Also immortalised in Lego is NASA computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, who has been captured in comic form by Lucy KniselyFor International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month this March, Dale deBakcsy and Ele Willoughby have been tweeting comics and lino cuts (respectively) about illuminaries such as physicist Chien Shiung Wu, computer scientist Grace Hopper, astronomer Caroline Herschel and botanist Anna Atkins.  Finally (for now), Rachel Ignotofsky’s illustrated Women In Science includes mathematician Katherine Johnson and chemist Rosalind Franklin.


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