I am a nurse who uses comics to reflect on the complexities of illness and caregiving.
MK Czerwiec (pronounced sir-wick), a.k.a. “Comic Nurse”
- Senior Fellow, George Washington School of Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement
- Artist in Residence, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
- Co-manager, GraphicMedicine.org
Publications & Media:
Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371, Penn State University Press, March 2017.
Graphic Medicine: The Best of 2016, co-author with Michael J. Green, JAMA, December 27, 2016
“Creativity in Medical Education: The Value of Having Medical Students Make Stuff” with Michael J Green, Kimberly Myers, Katie Watson, Dan Shapiro, and Stephanie Draus, Journal of Medical Humanities, September 2016
“Using Comics to Reflect on the Complexities of Being a Surgeon” podcast interview with Jeff Smith
OpenIDEO Challenge semi-finalist, “Using Comics to Empower End-of-Life Care Conversations”
Drawing, Comics, and Professional Identity, Academic Medicine Blog, April 13, 2015
“Mr. S Changes Doctors” Annals of Internal Medicine, 2 June 2015, Vol. 162. No. 11.
“Mrs. B Changes Doctors” : Using A Comic and Patient Transition Packet to Engineer Patient-Oriented Clinic Handoffs, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Springer, September, 2014.
“On Rounds with The Bad Doctor & Comic Nurse” Esopus, The Medicine Issue, On bookstore shelves now!
“Hospice Comics: Representations of Patient and Family Experience of Illness and Death in Graphic Novels” Journal of Medical Humanities, August, 2014.
“What’s Up, Doc? How Comic Strips are Improving Bedside Manner” BBC News, print story, December 1, 2013 and Video story, December 16, 2013
“The Long Form Comic Book as Art Form for Nursing” Advances in Neonatal Care, Vol. 13, No. 1, February 2013
Guest editor (with Catherine Belling) Atrium Issue 10: Graphic
Educating with Autobiography Panel Borders Podcast by Alex Fitch
Co-creator, with Mita Mahato, Ivy Zine
Drawing on Hope, nurse documents the legacy of AIDS Unit 371 Windy City Times, 11/30/11
Host and Coordinator, Graphic Medicine Podcast
Comic Nurse Delivers Another Dose – my third collection of comics! Premiered at the Thought Bubble Sequential Art Festival in Leeds, UK.
“An New Therapeutic Tool in the Doctor Bag: Comic Strips” New York Times, June 17, 2011
“Is Satisfaction Enough?” Atrium, Issue 8: Happy
“Lesser Theories of Bioethics” on the Blog on Bioethics, Steven Latham, Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale
“Coming Out” comic anthologized in Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf: A Sex Education Comic Book, Soft Skull Press, 2013
Chicago Memories Destinations Press, 2008 illustrations
“Narrative Constipation” Atrium, Issue 7: Killer Apps
“Discussing the World of Tomorrow: An Interview With Brian Fies” (author of Mom’s Cancer) Part One, Part Two Sequential Tart, October 2009
“Stephanie’s Shoes” (comic) SOUTH LOOP REVIEW Columbia College Press, 2008.
“My Career as a Closet Crossdresser” (comic) Girls’ Guide to Guys’ Stuff, Friends of Lulu Press, 2007.
Scars, Stories, and Other Adventures, MK Czerwiec Productions, 2004. (email me to purchase)
“This I Believe” National Public Radio website, 2006.
Prism Comics Update featured artist, 2008 contributing artist, 2005, Prism Comics Press.
The Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce Neighborhood Guide and Directory, July 2004, cover.
“Ron” The Book of Magnetic Poetry Workman Publishing Group, 1997.
“NATE” The Chaplaincy Journal, 2000.
“When A Loved One is Dying: Families Talk About Nursing Care” The American Journal of Nursing, May 1996.
Unleashed II: T Salon & Gallery, August 2013 – January 2014
contributor, Humans Being II, Woman Made Gallery, part of the Bodies of Work festival, May & June, 2013
Unleashed: Photography by MK Czerwiec, Lovell & Whyte, Fall, 2012
Chicago Memories exhibit, T Salon and Gallery, Chicago. January to April 2012 and again soon!
Southwest Michigan Representation by Studio b Gallery, Three Oaks
Lutheran General Hospital Pediatric Unit, Des Plaines, IL Representation by LBD Fine Art.
“Women in the Arts – A Celebration.” Effe Leven Gallery, September 2008.
Mark di Suvero’s Peace Tower, Chicago Cultural Center, 2007.
Mercury Cafe Gallery, 2007.
Chicago Art Open, 2006.
Highland Park Art Walk, 2006.
“Friends of the Arts Solo Show @ Starbucks Cafe.” January 2009, November 2006, September, 2005.
Members’ Show, Wilmette Arts Guild, 2007, 2006.
Solo Show, Chicago Public Library, Lincoln/Belmont Branch, March 2006.
Alternative Press Exposition, San Francisco, 2005.
“ART FOR CHARITY DAYS” Cornelia Arts Center, 2004, 2005.
“Art in the Meantime” GERBER-HART LIBRARY Solo show, November 2003.
AROUND THE COYOTE September 1997.
9th Annual AIDS Update Conference, San Francisco, CA, 1997.
AIDS and the Art of Nursing Charles Schabes Gallery July 1996.
“Exposures: The Art of AIDS” Spectrum Center, January 1996.
“Folding Images on the Environment.” Tabula Rasa Gallery, October 1995.