About Us

Our Work

Kloss and Bruce combine real medical education with comic book style illustration to create beautiful artistic images to enhance learning. Realizing that many medical professionals are visual learners, Kloss and Bruce enhance learning by breaking complex medical conditions and diseases down into illustrated scenes. As children of the eighties with a passion for comic books, pop culture, nostalgia and humor, their illustrations exceed boundaries set by other medical illustrations. Irrelevant, provocative, and unconventional are terms that have been used to describe their campy, tongue-in-cheek approach to medical education. Their visual aids are colorful, comical and boundary pushing, all of which makes learning more fun and memorable.

Dr. Brian Kloss, a professor and emergency medicine physician and Travis Bruce, a talented artist, illustrator and designer aim to educate physicians, nurses, medical students and other healthcare providers using humor and comic book illustration.

First, Dr. Kloss pencils a rough draft of a medical syndrome, disease or illness and hands it over to Travis. Travis then draws out the illustration and adds clarity and color. The end result is a helpful educational tool, which is both comical and informative.

Dr. Kloss and Travis Bruce created and published their first set of medical education flash cards “Toxicology in a Box”, which has already become a huge international success. This unique and useful product helps other medical providers learn to recognize and treat over 150 toxic exposures.

To learn more about the projects that Dr. Kloss and Bruce are working on and to see a demonstration of the initial first draft to the final comical illustration, click here.

Their only request is that you loosen your collar, sit back, relax, and enjoy learning high yield medicine via a truly unique medium. Welcome to Kloss and Bruce: Medical Education Through Comic Illustration.

The Creators

Brian Kloss Travis Bruce
Brian Kloss is an emergency medicine physician and assistant professor at the SUNY Upstate Medical University and the VA Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. He graduated with a Certificate in Radiologic Technology from the Morristown Memorial Hospital, as AS in Chemistry from the County College of Morris, a BS in Physician Assistant Studies from Gannon University, a DO degree from UMDNJ – School of Osteopathic Medicine, and a JD degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law. He completed a fellowship in gastroenterology and liver disease as a physician assistant and is board certified in emergency medicine. Kloss enjoys playing vintage video games, collecting action figures, reading comic books, and listening to old-school hip hop. In his spare time he travels around the world lecturing on topics in emergency medicine. Travis Bruce is an artist, illustrator, and designer living in Queens, New York. He graduated with a BFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts with a focus on the human form and children’s books. Along with illustration, he designs tabletop product and giftware. Check out his coloring technique over here!