199: The Library’s Guide to Graphic Novels

Steve chats with John Ballestro, editor of The Library’s Guide to Graphic Novels, along with many of the contributors, to discuss the ever-changing ways that graphic novels are created, packaged, marketed, and released, exploring such topics as the history of comics, collection development, cataloging, and specialized resources.

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The Library’s Guide to Graphic Novels
“The Differences Between Manga, Manhwa & Manhua, Explained” [CBR.com]
Graphic Medicine
The Comic Book Collection (Library of Congress)
Cataloging Graphic Novels (Library of Congress)
LCSH 1430
DC Archive Editions


Digger by Ursula Vernon
Graphic Medicine – Penn State Press
Graphic History Series – Oxford University Press
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
Maus by Art Spiegelman
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi 
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Guy Delisle
Joe Sacco
East Asia Comics Collection – University of Pennsylvania
Mom’s Cancer by Brian Fries
The Bad Doctor by Ian Williams
Epileptic by David B.
Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor by Lynda Barry
What It Is by Lynda Barry

153: MK Czerwiec

Steve chats with MK Czerwiec about her career as the Comic Nurse, what graphic medicine is, and why libraries should have it in their collections.

MK Czerwiec is a Senior Fellow of the George Washington School of Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement (Washington, DC) and the Artist-in- Residence at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine (Chicago, IL). Her clinical nursing experience is in HIV/AIDS care and hospice care. MK has been making comics under the pseudonym Comic Nurse since 2000. She has an MA in Medical Humanities and Bioethics from Northwestern University, where she teaches a course she designed called “Drawing Medicine” to first and second year medical students. She also co-teaches a cross-curriculum course on Graphic Medicine at the University of Chicago. She has a BSN from Rush University in Chicago and a BA in English from Loyola University Chicago. 

She 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 a co-author 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. MK travels widely to teaching about about Graphic Medicine, with specific focus on comics and end of life. Her next book will be an edited anthology of comics about menopause. She is also contemplating her next graphic memoir, which will be about medical decision making, the history of medicine, and her mother. 

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133: Matthew Noe

Steve chats with Matthew Noe, Collection Outreach Librarian at Harvard Medical School, about what graphic medicine is, his “early” experiences with comics, why libraries should collect comics, upcoming conferences, and his work on an annotated bibliography of graphic medicine.

Comic Me!

Matthew Noe is a health sciences librarian specializing in graphic medicine and the medical humanities. He earned his BA in Philosophy (2012) and MS in Library Science (2016) from the University of Kentucky and is currently the Collection Outreach Librarian at Harvard Medical School, as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky, School of Information. He maintains the “This Week in Graphic Medicine” blog series for Graphic Medicine and regularly provides aid in developing graphic medicine collections. When not working, Matthew spends time devouring all-manner of books, re-watching childhood cartoons, and goofing off with his fiance, Gabrielle, and their two dogs, Luna and Belle.


Graphic Medicine Book List
Graphic Medicine Database