As mentioned previously, Prof Matt and I were down to talk about HOAX / THE TALE OF BRIN & BENT AND MINNO MARYLEBONE, and the ethics of fictionalising autobiography and biography.
It was great to hear comics and medical professionals alike, discussing themes and topics ranging from responsibility, psychology, trauma, perception, depression, sex, and much more besides….
Some highlights for me were hearing Graphic Medicine’s Ian Williams interviewing Nicola Streeten (of the infamous Laydeez Do Comics), and Paula J. Knight’s beautifully honest presentation concerning motherhood and miscarriage.
My shout-out goes also to fellow panel members…
Andrew Godfrey and Emma Mould of Sicker Than Thou, who talked about representation and responsibility in autobiographical comics;
Katie Green, who talked very movingly about questions raised in illustrating an eating disorder;
John G. Swogger, who discussed the ethical journey of a collaborative comic on dependence, and suggested the need for some ethical guidelines to be put in place – very interesting indeed;
And finally to our chair, the formidable MK Czerwiec.
Thank you to everyone who made the conference possible. And to Hannah ‘Beachbabe’ Berry for knowing the best place in town to watch the sun go down.