Public Libraries Liaison Graphic Medicine International Collective Darien, Connecticut
Comics have a long been a place for creators to share stories of health and illness, not to mention playing a role in public health and patient communication for more than a century. Yet it wasn't until 2007, when Welsh physician Ian Williams coined the term graphic medicine to describe the intersection of the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare that the idea, field, genre really took hold. Over the last 15 years there has been a dramatic rise in comics published, studies written, courses taught, and library collections dedicated to graphic medicine - but for many, it remains a new or strange idea. Join us for a lively discussion on the formation of the field, how libraries have been instrumental in its rise, and to learn how graphic medicine fits into your library.