Collaborating on a Graphic Medicine Novel: Flows in an ecosystem of production

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The presentation centers on establishing creative collaborations to support the production of my graphic novel (Family Anecdotes) about mourning and mental health. I explore various challenges of authoring an “autobiofictional" graphic medicine novel – as an arts-based communication researcher, as a daughter, and as a struggling graphic medicine novelist/author.
My aim is to generate knowledge about how collaborative creative production processes can be planned and completed. The process is exemplified by the complex flows between networks and fields, or ecosystem, related to my graphic novel production and publication plans. Overall, I view collaboration in light of the dialogic turn in many fields of practice including the arts, media, health, medicine and research communication. Tensions are inevitable between different knowledge forms, social actors, media and genres. The discussion addresses graphic medicine production and publication as a new practice that may incite and alter flows across dialogic, inter-disciplinary collaborations.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date18 Aug 2018
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2018
EventComics and Medicine Conference 2018: The ways we work - Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction, Vermont, United States
Duration: 16 Aug 201818 Aug 2018
Conference number: 9


ConferenceComics and Medicine Conference 2018
LocationCenter for Cartoon Studies
CountryUnited States
CityWhite River Junction, Vermont
Internet address

Bibliographical note

Theme for 2018 on graphic medicine: the ways we work

We invite the submission of a wide variety of abstracts focusing on health, medicine, and comics in any form (e.g. graphic novels and memoir, comic strips, manga, mini comics, web comics) that examine or showcase topics including, but not limited to:

the use of comics and cartooning for clinical interventions and teaching
navigating institutional headwinds
addressing time constraints to creative work
professional development and engagement with graphic medicine
access to funding sources
establishing productive collaborative relationships
planning and completing graphic medicine projects
engaging communities of care
work in the context of disability justice and advocacy
representing the ‘work’ of bodies with relation to diagnosis and treatment
unseen labor in treatment and care
spaces of creative production
creative labor and the tools of graphic medicine
outcome and efficacy research


  • graphic novel / graphic medicine
  • Collaborative knowledge production, relational constraints,
  • autofiction
  • health communication
  • Visual communication
  • research communication

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Frølunde, L. (2018). Collaborating on a Graphic Medicine Novel: Flows in an ecosystem of production. Abstract from Comics and Medicine Conference 2018, White River Junction, Vermont, United States.