Visualize your World
We receive information from our surrounding mostly through sight. We relied on our eyes to help understand our world. Color, texture and patterns are highly attractive to us. Graphic novel integrate images and text to tell a story. The colourful boxes and narration make the most complex science topics come alive.
The term pathographies are defined as illness narratives in graphic form is often written by both patients telling their first hand experiences. Patient graphic pathographies provide an outlet for patients to share their feelings when they might of otherwise feel uncomfortable. Some days words fail to truly convey the desired message. leaving the patient, unsure and consequently anxious of what is happening to them.
The images in Mom’s Cancer tell his story, share emotions and experience through the course of treatment. The images would not be appropriate to present to patients prior to treatment. No one ever feels comfortable walking on tight ropes. It might generate negative feelings or even fear in the patients. However it is a useful tool to convey the experience to medical students or health professionals.
Researchers have found how combining pictures and text enhances understanding. The activities of reading and viewing activate different information processing systems within the brain, and the combination fosters connections between new information and existing knowledge. Comic artist and former journalist Brian Fies says that comics have the capacity for powerful visual metaphors and universality. The spare and stylized use of text and art allows readers to project themselves into the story. They are eeffective and sometimes powerful with simple message and presented in a way that is easy to read and remember.
Medical comics are proving particularly useful in patient education, both to promote public awareness and to help patients and their families understand what to expect from a disease. Apparently, combining pictures and text enhances understanding because reading and viewing activate different information processing systems within the brain. “This combination also fosters connections between new information and existing knowledge,” say the authors, “thereby increasing recall of health information, especially among those with low literacy.” Comics can be a powerful tool to dissimilate medical advice to the general public.
When writing specifically for kids, consider subjects that are child-friendly. Be careful with the conversational language and avoid certain words, use simple language. In particular be careful with colloquial sayings. They can be confusing.
As comics rely heavily on the artistic appeal to help tell a story, and if the words and art on a single page or in a single frame don’t match, the reader will feel disoriented. The arts can be humorous or serious depending on the target audience.