Drawing Blood: Comics and Medicine

Rachel Lindsay's RX
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
Sullivant Hall, Robinson Gallery
1813 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43210

April 20, 2019 - October 20, 2019
Exhibit Hours: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Open Tuesday - Sunday, Closed Monday
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Drawing Blood traces the history of comics’ obsession with medicine from the 18th century to today. The earliest cartoonists frequently satirized a medical practice dominated by bloodletting, purging, and other largely ineffective treatments. Over the next two centuries, modern medicine would go through remarkable transformations. Comics have been there every step of the way to celebrate its triumphs, serve as a tool in medical education, and call attention to new challenges that have emerged.


Rachel Lindsay, artwork for RX


The exhibit features work by a wide array of creators, from pioneers of cartooning like James Gillray, William Hogarth, Thomas Nast, and Frederick Opper to contemporary greats like Richard Thompson, Carol Tyler, John Porcellino, Alison Bechdel, and Julia Wertz.

Curated by Professor Jared Gardner, OSU Department of English

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Exhibit Exhibit

Photo of Jared Gardner Jared Gardner
OSU Department of English