A couple weekends ago I attended the Comics and Medicine Conference in Baltimore, and was able to write a preview of the keynote speakers for the City Paper. The above image is from keynote speaker Ellen Forney’s book Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me.
Since admission to the conference was much pricier than your average alternative comic gathering and the strenuous onslaught of sitting through lectures all weekend is not as appealing to a wider audience, I want to share some of the topics which came up during the conference in hopes to encourage other voices to join the conversation of the ways comics share narratives of bodily and mental illness and what that means.
My problem is that I can’t concentrate all of my thoughts on that topic in one post or article. Shit gets personal real quick. But some of what I was able to see and hear at the conference has pushed me to want to share my ideas on topics I struggle with in hopes that it might allow me to better understand myself, as well as give understanding to others who could be dealing with similar issues (or simply dealing with me.)
So I want to follow through with this idea, sharing a few posts over the next couple weeks or so particularly about some of the books I felt should have been a part of the body of work discussed at the conference. As a whole, I really enjoyed the conference, and I’m grateful to everyone who made me able to attend. By choosing books that weren’t discussed, I just want to be able to approach these really complex issues through work I feel passionate about in the way it addresses certain themes, rather than make a stink about “i know more comics than you” type shit.
Lastly, since I feel freaked out about starting this series of posts, I’m not going to reblog them (other than this) on my personal blog, but I invite anyone who is interested to follow so-sosemiprecious to read them, and reblog them with their own thoughts.