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Vaccinate! Do it for the testicles

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Katie McKissick’s Guide to Forgotten Diseases:


(Click on the image to see a higher res image at Symbiartic)

From: Guide to Forgotten Diseases by Katie McKissick at Symbiartic.

Source: Katie McKissick

As the third part of the Symbiartic science-and-art-smushed-together triumvirate, Katie McKissick often deals with real science and important issues with humor and her frickin’ funny artwork. This cartoon has both  humor and an important message. And in her post, there’s another issue: one of artist’s rights. After an editor of another website called fellow SciAm blogger Danielle Lee something awful (Janet Stemwedel has a good round-up here), McKissick realized that this Guide, above, was also featured on that same site. It was an important move for an artist protecting the integrity of their work. Read more on Symbiartic.

-Glendon Mellow

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A note about the SciAm Blogs Image of the Week:

You may notice that Katie McKissick’s image above was posted a little over a week ago, and that the Image of the Week has missed its scheduled Monday appearance a few times in the past month. After editor Bora Zivkovic’s resignation, editor Philip Yam approached me about posting the Image of the Week for the time being. The lapse in schedule is my fault, and no one else’s, and I apologize to the readers who look forward to it, as well as my fellow network bloggers who have missed some opportunities for their great image choices to get a second life here on IotW.

I would also like to share a bit about how the Image of the Week is chosen. When the Scientific American Blog Network launched, and in subsequent months, then-editor Bora Zivkovic asked myself, Kalliopi Monoyios, and eventually Alex Wild and Katie McKissick to help pick the Image of the Week and for us to write up little blurbs to explain why we thought they were significant. Sometimes the image was chosen for being timely and in the news; sometimes to throw a spotlight on a blogger that was new or had not been featured; most often simply because the image made our jaws drop.

The SciAm blog template being what it is, these posts always appeared to have been written by Bora (and sometimes they were) although very often they were written by Kalliopi, Alex, Katie or myself. As a small change in taking my responsibilities with the Image of the Week seriously, I am going to put the name of the person who wrote the blurb in the post, with a link back to their bio. We all have different voices and this may help readers discover more great posts about images from Symbiartic and Compound Eye.

Thanks for joining us on Image of the Week!

Glendon Mellow About the Author: Glendon Mellow is a fine artist, illustrator and tattoo designer working in oil and digital media based in Toronto, Canada. He tweets @FlyingTrilobite and is on Instagram. You can see Glendon's work-in-progress at The Flying Trilobite blog and portfolio at Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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  1. 1. Not 'Tarded 2:54 pm 11/26/2013

    I would think “Do it for the baby bulge” would be more appropriate – only one of these diseases affects the testicles, yet all three affect pregnant women…

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  2. 2. Glendon Mellow 7:14 pm 11/26/2013

    YES! That would have been better.

    I titled it this way because
    1. The word “testicles” is funny to say
    2. I am a man and couldn’t think of a clever reference to pregnancy, despite being T-minus 2 months away from baby number 2.

    But N.T., “baby bulge” is perfect. Alliteration FTW.


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  3. 3. Dee Laundry 8:49 pm 12/1/2013

    Shawn Siegel, your assertion is incorrect. I could cite sources but as you decided unproven alarmist claims need no references, I assume none are needed for a retelling of scientific consensus.

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  4. 4. Glendon Mellow in reply to Glendon Mellow 10:29 am 12/2/2013

    Thanks for your reply Dee, I didn’t see the comment right away. I appreciate you stepping in!

    I’ve trashed Shawn’s comment. I’m not interested in anti-science vaccine denialism on my posts. It adds little to useful, educated discussion.

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  5. 5. S'am Juno 6:53 am 12/9/2013

    I thought “Oh my! another Sciam scandal” when I saw the T word. Then I remember when I had the mumps at 13y. Thank you, I had forgotten this real threat to male people.

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