While we are on the topic of diabetes and artwork this week, we want to present a couple whizbang! Projects that are taking the notion of diabetes instruction via artwork to a whole new level: in comic book form…
Learning About Diabetes, Inc..
The folks at the Arizona-based Learning About Diabetes, Inc.. , a nonprofit charity focused on producing diabetes education stuff, approached us throughout AADE to inform us about a new kind of interactive comic book they’re producing for teens with diabetes. Within this series, a teen is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and copes. But unlike a traditional comic novel, the plot is developed with input. Starting on Sept. 15, teenagers are invited to visit the web site, browse the newest chapter, then chime in with the way they would continue the story. Tips for another chapter is going to be accepted for seven days, then.
“Where the story goes will be based on suggestions sent in by teens with type 1 diabetes — according to their particular real-life encounters with diabetes,” states Paul Tracey, the creator of Learning About Diabetes and also a former medical marketer and author. Paul explains that this is all part of an investigative research project to alternative methods of educating adolescents. Paul wouldn’t elaborate on specific goals for even a timeline or the research, so we’ll only have to use our imaginations.
Learning About Diabetes designed for low literacy levels, and has a group of learning materials within comic book formats and illustrated short story, available in English and Spanish. Of both existing comic books, one is really on type 2 diabetes along with the other on carb counting.
The series for teens will be available at no cost on the Learning About Diabetes website in both Spanish and English.
Medikidz is a UK-based company that’s been generating informational comic books written by physicians for children on a wide variety of diseases. Launched in 2009, they explain their efforts as “Marvel meets Medicine.” 30 topics, from type 1 diabetes to food allergies, to more grownup subjects like HIV and breast cancer are currently covered by Medikidz. Each of the Medikidz comics comprise five “larger than life” superheroes — Pump, Chi, Skinderella, Gastro, Axon — who help educate readers about the disease.
The type 1 diabetes comic book, What Is Up with Ella? , features a kid with diabetes who faints during a college presentation. The five superheroes jump in, assisting Ella to cope with her diabetes
“Along the way Ella will learn all about the importance of sugar and witness up-close the way by which the body converts it to energy. She watches insulin and glucose as the Medikidz teach her everything she needs to know about her type 1 diabetes, hitting the clubs, and sees battles between beta cells and immune armies. Significantly, they will offer her the essential knowledge about insulin that she desires to be able to maintain charge of her condition.”
Comic Lovers, let us know what you think of those creative educational tools! Think that the Medikidz gang could shoot about the Fantastic Four?
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