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Comics as Covid-19 response: Visualizing the experience of videoconferencing with aging relatives

Priego, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-4418-369X & Wilkins, P. (2020). Comics as Covid-19 response: Visualizing the experience of videoconferencing with aging relatives. ACM Interactions, 27(4), pp. 60-61. doi: 10.1145/3404207


This article and accompanying comic strip/poster explore the narrative research affordances of comics in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We explore the concept of empathy from a self-conscious auto-ethnographic perspective, producing a co-designed one-page comic out of the experience. The comic depicts two middle-aged brothers in conversation with their mother and father on FaceTime. After initial confusion and mild struggle with the technology, the parents adjust to the communication situation and begin to enjoy communicating with their sons, who make light of the situation. The aim of the comic is to persuade readers that it is better to struggle with and accommodate to technology than to risk visiting elderly relatives who are particularly susceptible to COVID 19. Meanwhile, the reflection on the comic discusses the thought processes and materials that went into creating it and implications of those.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © Priego, E. © Wilkins, P., ACM, 2020. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in ACM Interactions,
Publisher Keywords: Comics; Co-design; COVID19; Graphic Medicine; Interaction Design
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR180 Immunology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction Design
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