Panel Borders: Anorexia and Geriatrics

Panel Borders: Anorexia and Geriatrics

Continuing a month of shows about the depiction of medicine and illness in comics, Alex Fitch talks to two female cartoonists whose work movingly covers this subject. Artist Katie Green discusses her forthcoming graphic novel Lighter than my shadow, which chronicles her adolescent struggle with anorexia, and her ‘zine The Green Bean which currently depicts the creation of the book. Alex also talks to Doctor Muna Al-Jawad about her cartoon strips of experiences on geriatric wards, how she has been able to illustrate her ethnographic research with these and the forthcoming Graphic Medicine conference at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Originally broadcast Monday 17th June, 2013 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)

Cover of The Green Bean / interior art from Lighter than my Shadow by Katie Green / cartoon strip by Dr. Muna Al Jawad

Cover of The Green Bean / interior art from Lighter than my Shadow by Katie Green / cartoon strip by Dr. Muna Al Jawad

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Links: Katie Green’s website –
Info about Doctor Muna Al Jawad’s work at Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Graphic Medicine website
Laydeez do Comics podcast featuring Katie Green

Recommended Events:

David Shenton Exhibition

These Foolish Things: Shenton’s cartoons are often camp but they’re not just camp, and they’re not that awful apolitical offensive camp, but a light, knowing, meaningful camp; their first task is to entertain and to make the audience laugh – and often they do much more because the liberation politics that informs his work means that with the laugh there is an acerbic point – a wry observation on how we live or a satirical comment about society and a wider political context, contained in the lives and musings of plausible and likeable characters. Or sometimes it’s just a silly joke.

1 June to 27 July 2013

Space Station 65 Gallery, Building One, 373 Kennington Road, London SE11 4PS

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DrownTown Launch Party and Signing

2000AD alumni Robbie Morrison (Nikolai Dante) and Jim Murray (Batman / Judge Dredd) have embarked on a fully-painted epic set in a flooded futuristic London and are launching the first volume at Gosh with a party and art exhibition!

It’s all happening on Friday the 21st of June, from 7pm until 9pm at which point everything will probably move on to the pub down the road. There’s no need to RSVP but if you’d like to reserve a book feel free to ask. Published by Jonathan Cape, the book is a £12.99 hardcover and if you can’t make it on the night but would like a signed/dedicated copy anyway, send us an email to

7pm, Friday 21st June
Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London, W10DR

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