10 comics you’ll love if Grey’s Anatomy is your favorite show

Over nearly two decades, Grey’s Anatomy has won legions of fans with his heartwarming portraits of doctors, interns and residents as they face their personal and professional trials and tribulations. The series would impress readers who are keen on genres such as workspace drama, romantic drama, and medicine-related storylines. His fandom is evident in various fanfiction pieces, some of which acquire a comic book format.

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Over the years, several graphic novels have evoked such tones, often from the author / illustrator’s personal appointments with hospitals or illnesses. They can also be tragicomic in nature, given the gloomy nature of such storylines paired with light art.

ten The Bad Doctor (2014)

on the art for The Bad Doctor by Ian Williams

Welsh doctor Ian Williams began his writing career with the graphic novel The bad doctor. Basing main character Ian James on his own professional experience, Williams explores how his staff and patients might have viewed him in a negative light due to his personal struggles with OCD.

His guilt aside, The bad doctor Also unearths Williams’ traumatic childhood which was riddled with bizarre rituals accompanied by compulsive neurosis. Thematically, and for the strong autobiographical currents underlying it, the book has also been compared to the famous Binky Brown meets the Virgin Mary by Justin Green.

9 Epilectic (2001)

Cover of David B's Epilectic

French comic book maestro David B aka David Beauchard is the author of this very personal comic book series which has also been published under the title Ascension from the top evil (The rise of great evil).

The author and cartoonist recounts his coming of age when his family was dealing with epilepsy from his brother JC. Like the above The bad doctor, Epileptic covered the family’s desperate efforts to treat the writer’s brother like an ambitious surgeon, determined to “experiment” on JC. The surreal tones and black and white illustrations had a cult influence, as evidenced by the works of Persepolis author Marjane Satrapi who was also mentored by David B.


8 Manifesto of graphic medicine (2015)

The cover of Graphic Medicine Manifesto

The illustrated medium can certainly help popularize medicinal stories and disseminate information interactively compared to voluminous academic volumes. Several authors of this “graphic medicine” subculture, including Ian Williams and Kimberly R Myers. The book serves as an omnibus of several observations that touch on each author’s experience by frankly expressing their medical years through a more engaging perspective.

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The book shatters notions that medicine is a homogeneous field and opens up the possibility of experimenting with new mediums to interpret and reinterpret medical conditions.

7 The Hospital Suite (2014)

A panel from the comic Lissa covering a conversation between friends Anna and Layla

John Porcellino’s area of ​​expertise was caricature for the press, his work appearing in several daily publications. The Hospital Suite is a collection of his so dark cartoons, focusing specifically on his medical complications in the 1990s and 2000s.

His monochrome mini-comics are teeming with a heartwarming yet tragic undertone as he presents his hospital visits in a relaxed and relevant style. The Hospital Suite also explores the vulnerable link between physical and mental health, as it is his bowel surgeries that bring back his anxiety and OCD.

6 Lisa (2017)

A panel from the comic Lissa covering a conversation between friends Anna and Layla

Lissa: A story about the medical promise, friendship and revolution follows an intercultural friendship and its transition to adulthood. In Cairo, Anna and Layla are friends who go through a turbulent childhood as their two families suffer from medical problems. While Anna could inherit the cancer that killed her mother, a kidney transplant operation plagues her family.

And then, when Egypt itself is caught in the midst of a political revolution, their lives both change, revealing their economic and cultural differences. Academic authors Sherine Hamdy and Coleman Nye provide an anthropological perspective through Lissa, exploring how social factors alter access to health care.

5 The Lady Doctor (2019)

Cover of The Lady Doctor by Ian Williams

Written again by Ian Williams, the sequel (or rather a spin-off) of The bad doctor is a grainy version of Williams’ style. The lady doctor centers around Dr Iwan James, who is primarily attached to the same Welsh hospital as Dr Iwan James from the previous book.

While the doctor deals with the daily personal seizures after her 40s, her patients also push her to the limit, offering all kinds of weird requests. Drug addiction is a recurring theme throughout the book, as the characters are addicted to either recreational drugs, banned substances, or everyday vices like cigarettes and coffee.

4 Our Cancer Year (1994)

Our Cancer Year cover by Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner

Our year against cancer is an illustrated non-fiction work written by Harvey Pekar (de American splendor glory) and political comic writer and wife Joyce Brabner.

Their outspoken writing style is evident in Our year against cancer which documents a year in the life of Pekar as he overcomes his lymphoma. Additionally, the book also covers the couple’s perspectives on the socio-political landscape of the time, leading to a flawless dramatic comedy. Some themes from the book also made their way into American splendor, Harvey Pekar’s biopic with Paul Giamatti.

3 Take turns: testimonials from HIV / AIDS care unit 371 (2017)

The cover of Take turns from MK Czerwiec with a panel from the comic book

When the AIDS epidemic was at its peak, an era of taboos and misinformation began, which led to widespread paranoia. MK Czerwiec’s account is an empathetic reflection of that time from the perspective of health workers at a Chicago medical center (where she herself had worked at that time).

To achieve a realistic image, she also relied on archival documents and oral histories of the time. Despite its heavy content, it doesn’t rely on monochrome and instead uses bright color panels.

2 Mom’s Cancer (2006)

A Mom's Cancer panel featuring author Brian Fies' mother

Mom’s cancer born from an anonymous webcomic through which the writer expressed his grief over dealing with their mother’s metastatic cancer. As the blog gained a cult fan base many of whom shared the emotions of bewilderment and uncertainty, Brian Fies revealed his identity and his work was compiled into an award-winning hardcover volume by Eisner.

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Fies also tries to understand her mother’s perspective, telling her own fears as she gets used to the physical and mental changes she is going through.

1 Psychiatric Tales (2010)

Cover art for Darryl Cunningham's Psychiatric Tales with a panel from the comic book

Psychiatric tales is a heartbreaking anthology on the treatment of depression drawn from writer Darryl Cunningham’s personal experience as a mental health nurse. The book also serves as an educational guide for medical students and lay people who wish to understand the differences between certain psychiatric conditions.

While most of the chapters include Cunningham’s conversations with his patients, a few stories also show the character breaking the fourth wall to give readers a more intimate understanding. One chapter also delves into the issues of clinically depressed celebrities like Judy Garland, while the author himself talks about his own story of depression towards the endings.

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