Writing medical comics

Miriam Waite (Lead / Corresponding author)

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The emergent field of medical comics is being lauded as a way to visually communicate medical information to patients more effectively than current methods. However, there is very little advice available in the literature as to how to design them. This comics article attempts to address some questions you might have when starting a medical information comic. It talks about designing comics for novice comics readers; what sort of colours to use (if any); character choice and anthropomorphism; the length of the narrative; and the use of humour. Essentially it advocates simplicity, while overcomplicating everything.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-150
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Visual Communication in Medicine
Issue number3
Early online date3 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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