When the new coronary vaccine was first introduced in the U.S., a superhero advertised, “Put on a mask and be a hero! “When the new coronary vaccine was launched, a superhero in the U.S. ran an ad saying, ‘Put on a mask and become a hero! On social networking sites On social networking sites, images of vaccinated muscular men and women with bumps and bruises were spreading. If it is superheroes that attract the sympathy of Americans, I wondered what it would be like in Japan. I thought.
So says Dr. Mai Uchida, a child psychiatrist at Harvard University. Mai Uchida, a pediatric psychiatrist at Harvard University, received the new coronary vaccine when she was pregnant and shared her experience with the public. For a while, she was subjected to bashing on social media, but she continues to provide information.
A group of doctors called “Kobi Navi,” which disseminates information on new coronas, held the “Corona Manga Award. Dr. Takahiro Kinoshita, vice-president of “Kobi Navi,” who also served as a judge, said, “We received 99 entries.
“I hope that the manga will help people to understand the new corona correctly and to understand the difficult mRNA I had some concerns about whether people would understand the correct knowledge of the new coronas and the difficult mechanism of the mRNA vaccine, and whether it could be expressed in manga. …I was worried. I was worried about whether people would understand the correct knowledge of new coronas and the difficult mechanism of mRNA vaccines, and whether I would be able to translate that into manga. That was the first thing that made me happy.
The grand prize was awarded to the work entitled 15 The grand prize was awarded to “15 (strawberry)” for “[The Shocking Truth] The Truth in Comics! The true nature of the new coronavirus vaccine.
Many of the entries were written in the form of mRNA mRNA disappears as soon as it is used, so long-term effects are unlikely. mRNA mRNA has a mechanism that prevents it from entering the nucleus, so there is no risk of human genes being rewritten.
I feel that the expression of cartoons allows us to convey even difficult-to-understand information to a large number of people. The Grand Prize winner in particular was a wonderful work that expressed the importance of vaccination with scientific accuracy, ease of understanding, and fun as a manga.
The grand prize winner was unanimously decided by the judges. A diverse group of people participated in the judging.
“I thought the manga was not only easy to read and get into your head, but also conveyed emotion to the readers. I also liked the gag at the end.” (Chairman of the Screening Committee: manga artist Ryo Koshino)
“First of all, the level of drawing is high. First of all, the level of the drawing is high. It is ingenious in conveying information, and the development of the story is also good.
“There is a good balance between manga and medical learning, and I think this author will be able to write medical manga in the future.
“The number of panels is excellent, considering the ease of reading on a smartphone. The number of panels is excellent, and the content of the manga is frankly the most informative” (Hiroshi Matsuyama, President of CyberConnect2 Inc.
The judging process is being shown on Youtube.
Some entries from elementary school students
The winner of the free theme category was chiku’s “Smile – A manga exhibition of the Corona disaster”. The story begins with a school lunch at an elementary school and describes a solo exhibition held during the Corona disaster.
The illustration division received entries from a wide range of age groups, including some from elementary school students. The award for the category went to “I won Corona! by Haako won the award. The work had an honest touch typical of elementary school children and was strongly recommended by the judges, especially Mr. Matsuyama and Mr. Yukosu.
“I can imagine her taking cute measures against (Corona) on a regular basis, because she wrote “Goodbye Corona” on her mask and decorated it in a cute way. I could imagine that they were taking measures against (corona) in a cute way. I can imagine how cute he is in his daily life. “I could imagine that she was trying to be cute in her daily life. “I beat Corona! It’s good to have a sense of hope.
Graphic Medicine, a New Tool for Information
Doctors are looking forward to the significance of using manga as a medium to explain vaccines.
“I usually send out information in writing and orally, but I feel that it is difficult to convey medical knowledge. I have read many of the entries this time, and I have learned a lot about vaccines from a perspective that I could not have imagined as a doctor. RNA When I read many of the entries this time and saw how the mechanism of the mRNA vaccine and the experiences and emotions during the epidemic were expressed from a perspective that a doctor would not have thought of, I felt the power of manga in medical communication.
In recent years, “graphic medicine,” the use of illustrations and cartoons to convey medical information, has been attracting attention. A single picture or a short manga story can reach far more people than a list of complicated sentences written by a doctor. This project gave me hope that doctors, together with creators, can send out messages to improve society.
The Yuko Award winner, “Dr. Ribosome’s Legacy,” and the nominee, “I Tried to See How Corona Vaccines Work” (Aburanuma), personified vaccines and cells and explained the mechanism as a fantasy.
The one I’m most attached to is “A Gift from My Mother,” which Okura drew using me as a model, of course. When you are vaccinated during pregnancy, the antibodies produced by the mother in response to the vaccine are passed on to the baby through the placenta and protect the baby as well. I was very touched by the loving picture of such a gift from the mother” (Dr. Mai Uchida).
“It is said that vaccination is a personal decision, and many people are unsure about getting vaccinated. It is said that vaccination is a personal decision, and many people are unsure about getting vaccinated.
The prize-winning work can be read for free. It can be said that a new channel for gaining correct knowledge about new coronas and vaccines has been created: “gaining knowledge through manga.
The award-winning works can be read here.
You can also watch the screening process here.
Reporting and writing： Kanako Wakui