Monday, April 11, 2011

Chicago in June?

I hear it's lovely. Should be a terrific setting for an academic conference on the subject of Graphic Medicine. Nice poster art, too.

I've made my flight and hotel reservations, and am scheduled to give a 90-minute "how-to" workshop titled "See One, Do One, Teach One" (some people will get that) aimed at teaching participants some cartooning skills and, more importantly, giving them the confidence to encourage others to do it in a potentially therapeutic setting.

We've got a schedule of talks and panels roughed out, three top-flight keynote speakers, and panelists coming from around the world. It also looks like we'll be able to provide CME (continuing medical education) credit to healthcare professionals for whom that would be an attractive draw. Registration, a schedule, list of panelists, maps, links to accomodations and more are available now at (clicking on the poster above will work, too).

I'm getting very excited about this event which, if it's anything like the first one in London last year, will be a wonderful, intimate mix of a hundred or so writers, artists, academics, doctors, nurses who all take the potential of comics to reflect and affect healthcare seriously. .


Mike said...

Very cool.

Anonymous said...

Hi Brian
Sounds really interesting! I shared this with my high school class mate Bill Schultz. He was a long time Hallmark employee--one of his biggest thrills was meeting Charles Shultz as part of a group that worked on "Peanuts" cards.

FYI, I started my own blog!

Brian Fies said...

Thanks, Mike. Hope it's as cool as it sounds. I'll let you know.

Hi, Katherine! It's so great to hear from you again, it sounds like you're doing well. I decided when I started blogging not to provide permanent links to cancer-related websites, blogs, etc. (there are too many good ones and bad ones, and I'm not qualified to tell them apart) but yours looks like a tremendous resource. What a positive way to channel your experience and passion. Good luck with it. And thanks for saying Hi.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a worthy project...

Anonymous said...

I really like designer's Corrine Ellsworth Beaumont doctoral project. She uses lemons as a visual stand-in for breasts as part of her Worldwide Breast Cancer educational effort. That might sound lame, but this is a very well thought out effort, one that has global reach.

You can download these clever and culturally sensitive posters and info at