Superhero Drs the focus of comic conference

The unlikely duo of comics and health care will be discussed at a special conference at the University of Dundee.

Graphic Medicine 2016: Stages and Pages, is the world’s only conference that brings together experts and enthusiasts in the fields of medicine and comic art. The event will investigate the interaction between comics and healthcare in relation to performance.

The conference will consider the need often felt by clinicians and patients alike to live up to prescribed roles and the various ways in which comic art can address these issues.

Keynote sessions will be led by American cartoonist and author Lynda Barry, comic book writer and artist Al Davison, and Cardiff University’s Dr. Elisabeth El Refaie.

The event has been organised by English PhD student Andrew Godfrey, “When I started making comics about my experiences with the chronic illness Cystic Fibrosis back in 2009, I thought I was the only one doing work of this kind, but then I stumbled across Graphic Medicine and have now been attending their conferences since 2010.

 ”I was very excited to be asked to head up the organisation for this year’s conference in Dundee and I think bringing Graphic Medicine to Dundee will help to foster some worthwhile connections here in the city, as well as in the rest of Scotland.

“Dundee is a world leader in medical research, forensics, medical art, comics and design amongst other things, and Graphic Medicine is able to fuse all these areas together with a community driven focus.”

Graphic Medicine 2016: Stages and Pages opens on Thursday, July 07 at 4pm at the Dalhousie Building and runs until Saturday, July 09.

For media enquiries contact:
Cara Longmuir
Media Relations Officer
University of Dundee
Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4HN
Tel: +44 (0)1382 385243