The nascent field of Graphic Medicine provides unique tools and opportunities to improve communication around dying, death, and expressing one’s advanced care wishes.
Conversations about and experience with dying and death can be challenging for everyone, whether patient, family, personal, or professional caregiver. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with reflective drawing as an effective yet engaging tool for contemplating the challenges of advanced care directives. Absolutely NO experience with comics or drawing is required.
Death Panels: Comics That Help Us Face End of Life is a pop-up graphic medicine exhibit that is being hosted by the 53rd Street branch of The New York Public Library during the Reimagine week. There is a special reception on 10/30 at 6:15pm.
MK Czerwiec has ben making comics under the pseudonym Comic Nurse since 2000. She is a Senior Fellow of the George Washington School of Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement and the Artist-in- Residence at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. MK is the creator of Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 (Penn State University Press, 2017) which was chosen as one of JAMA’s “Best of Graphic Medicine 2017" and nominated for a 2018 Excellence in Graphic Literature award. MK is also a coauthor of the Eisner-nominated Graphic Medicine Manifesto (PSU Press, 2014). She is a co-manager of GraphicMedicine.org and host of the Graphic Medicine podcast. In addition to teaching and lecturing about Graphic Medicine, MK is currently editing an anthology of comics about menopause and working on her next book, which will be about medical decision making, the history of medicine, and her mother.