July 24, 2012

Elsewhere: Comics and ... Medicine???

By way of the illustration and cartooning blog Drawn,1 I learned that I just missed a conference in Toronto with the intriguing name of "Comics & Medicine: Navigating the Margins".  This unexpected pairing resulted in appearances by Joyce Brabner (wife of Harvey Pekar and co-writer of Our Cancer Year) and Joyce Farmer (cartoonist of Special Exits and contributor to Wimmin's Comics). Conference sessions, panel discussions and workshops included:
  • "Setting the context: Developments in graphic medicine" with Paul Gravett
  • "Communicating vessels and discursive virulence in Black Hole" with J. Ryan Marks
  • "Re-signifying disability in popular culture: Mental illness as magic realism narrative in Love and Rockets" with Catherine Duchastel
  • "Fact and confliction: The psychodynamics of creating a comic memoir" with Neil Phillips 
  • "Aging, Memory, and the Body in Jeff Lemire's Essex County" with Katie Mullins 
...and much more.  I'm no doctor, but I would love to have sat in on these lectures.  Bonus: there's a whole Comics in Medicine blog! Fascinating stuff.

Durham County Library patrons may find most of the works mentioned in this post at the library: Joyce Farmer's Special Exits, Charles Burns' Black Hole, Jaime Hernandez's Love and Rockets books, works by Jeff Lemire (Essex County).

Image © Tom Ferrer
1. Thanks to Tom Harris for the referral to Drawn!

July 13, 2012

Elsewhere: Cartoonists @ ALA!

I have yet to attend an American Library Association (ALA) conference for handful of reasons, but this video from ALA 2012 by Derek Kirk Kim (cartoonist of Maybe Later) has me scheming ways to get there next time around!

If you didn't catch it, the video features cartoonists:
Cecil Castellucci
Jerzy Drodz
Keith Knight
Thein Pham
Dave Roman
Jason Shiga
Mark Siegel
Christina Strain
Raina Telegmaier
Gene Luen Yang
...and a few swell librarians too.  Those stories at the end make me cringe, though... Yeesh!

July 8, 2012

NextReads Newsletter, July 2012

This month's NextReads graphic novels and comics newsletter is now available!  This month I've got write-ups of some new books plus some cold weather reads to get you through the unbearable heat.

Subscribe to this and other NextReads newsletters by visiting Durham County Library's NextReads page. Select the check boxes for the genres and subjects that interest you, then scroll to the bottom of the page to create your subscription account.  Enjoy!

This month's titles:

New @ Durham County Library
Baby's in Black by Arne Bellstorf
Sparko by Karl Stephan
MonsterMen and Other Scary Stories by Gary Gianni
Dotter of Her Father's Eyes by Mary M. Talbot and Bryan Talbot

Winter Reading for a Summer's Day
Glacial Period by Nicolas de Crécy
The Call of the Wild by Neil Kleid, Alex Niño and Jack London
It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken by Seth
Whiteout by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber