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Graphic Medicine—The Best of 2020

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Unsurprisingly, some of the most important and interesting work in graphic medicine in 2020 related to the coronavirus pandemic. The sheer volume of comics-based material related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is immense and growing daily. For this reason we focus on web-based COVID-19 comics rather than individual book publications as we have done in past year-end reviews and group some of the more notable efforts into emergent categories of instructional, personal stories, and therapeutic comics, highlighting some of the most interesting exemplars in each category.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Michael J. Green, MD, Department of Humanities, Penn State College of Medicine, 500 University Dr, Hershey, PA 17033 (mjg15@psu.edu).

Published Online: November 30, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.19479

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Drs Green and Wall reported being founding board members of the Graphic Medicine International Collective.

Additional Information: The online and PDF versions of this essay contain embedded hyperlinks to the featured comics.

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Kow  W. How COVID-19 spreads. Published April 25, 2020. Accessed October 5, 2020. https://www.comicsforgood.com/weimankow/how-covid-19-spreads
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Manna  A. Be aware of droplets and bubbles!! Published 2020. Accessed October 5, 2020. https://drawinghistoryofscience.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/be-aware-of-droplets-bubbles/
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Poulain  S , Villermaux  E , Bourouiba  L .  Ageing and burst of surface bubbles.   J Fluid Mech. 2018;851:636-671. doi:10.1017/jfm.2018.471Google ScholarCrossref
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Morris  T , Wiles  S. Viruses vs everyone: three simple points about the science of Covid-19. The Side Eye. Published March 25, 2020. Accessed October 5, 2020. https://thespinoff.co.nz/covid-19/25-03-2020/the-side-eye-viruses-vs-everyone/
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Correll  G. Creativity in captivity. Published March 19, 2020. Accessed October 5, 2020. https://thenib.com/creativity-in-captivity/
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Correll  G. Save it for a rainy year. Published August 6, 2020. Accessed October 5, 2020. https://thenib.com/the-quarantine-fun-page/
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Weber  W , Rall  H-M .  Authenticity in comics journalism: visual strategies for reporting facts.   J Graphic Novels Comics. 2017;8(4):376-397. doi:10.1080/21504857.2017.1299020Google ScholarCrossref
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Bui  T. Inequity in the time of pandemic. In/Vulnerable. The Center for Investigative Reporting. Published May 18, 2020. Accessed October 5, 2020. https://www.revealnews.org/invulnerable/
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Drawing Together. Published March 2020. Accessed October 5, 2020. https://www.graphicmedicine.org/drawingtogether/
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Nilsen  A. How do we wrap our heads around something this big? The Diary Project. New York Times. Published 2020. Accessed October 5, 2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/12/arts/anders-nilsen-diary.html
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