Comics…powerful communication tool in the medical profession.
When I say graphic novels, what comes to mind? Do you think of comics for children and teenagers solely for pleasure? Have you ever thought of a comic being used for entertainment and in the medical field?
“doctors, nurses and patients are increasingly using graphic art to unpack their experience of medicine and disease.” 
They are also using graphic novels to train their students in the medical profession.
Who would have thought that reading comics like Archie, For better or worse or Snoopy as kids, we would also be able to learn and be entertained with medical comics such as “Mom’s Cancer.”
Brian Fies started the webcomic “Mom’s cancer” when
“his mother was diagnosed with lung cancer.” 
He started this comic because he wanted to share his story and wanted to educate other people on what to expect. He thought that this way was the best way to tell a story, because it uses pictures with a few words and it told more than if it was just the pictures or words alone. Fies uses metaphors, for example he uses her mother walking on a tightrope which signifies her balancing her medication.
Over a hundred years ago, comics were meant to be for adults, but somewhere along the way, people started writing for children and teenagers, therefore it stuck. Through years of comic writers for adults had to battle the unfortunate stereotypes. Now there are a large number of comics scholars where there are all forms of graphic novels for all ages.
What fascinates me the most is that teachers in the medical field are using comics to teach their students. Some teachers use it because it helps students with doctor-patient relationship. How to communicate with the patient regarding news, having consent and to help them experience what the patient is experiencing as well. Czerwiec, who is a hospice nurse and has published “Comic Nurse” believes that comics help to engage both sides of the brain, words access one thing and images challenges you on another level, to use them both together is very powerful.
Others believe that “medical comics are a valuable resource for educating health care professionals.”  These medical comics “illustrates and writes about an important aspect of the illness experience.” 
Some things to consider when writing for science graphic novel is to make sure readers will understand the jargon associated with the subject matter, in this case could be medical terms. If not, they could illustrate it in a picture or explain it in a few words. The pictures also help the reader, by having a good visual to accompany the words it makes the graphic novel more enjoyable. Graphic novels are usually short compared to textbooks or novels therefore science graphic novels would have to get to the point and tend to be more direct with little or no explanation. Compared to science textbooks where they would give pages of explanation on a chemical equation. Science comic strips are more for entertainment and there are chances where you could learn things too. Writing a science graphic novel most of the time is to both educate and entertain using metaphors, visuals and analogies. In the case of “Mom’s Cancer,” he used personal stories so the reader could understand what he went through or could learn what to expect.
 O’Luanaigh, C. (2010, July 14). Comics put patients in the picture. Retrieved from http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2010/jul/14/medical-comics-patients