Asylum 22.1 – Spring 2015

Introduction

Welcome to the start of a series of editions of the magazine featuring mental health issues depicted in comic strips. We kick off with a full issue devoted to this topic.

This will be followed by special features in the next few issues. They will focus on specific themes: depression, anxiety and psychotic experience; bodies and gender, including eating disorders, femininity and masculinity; and critical approaches to mental health diagnosis and treatment. We will end with reflections on the series, where we consider what about mental health is included in comics, and what is so far missing


Contents

MADNESS AND COMIC BOOKS: WHEN ARE COMIC BOOKS NOT ABOUT DISTRESS AND MADNESS? – William Penson
GIRLS COMICS SAVED MY LIFE – WELL PERHAPS NOT, BUT THEY CERTAINLY HELPED – Peter Beresford
‘ALL I NEEDED WAS TO GET IT OUT OF MY SYSTEM’: THE EARLY USE OF COMICS FOR MENTAL HEALTH THERAPY IN AMERICA – Joseph de Lappe
THE TALE OF ONE BAD RAT – Steve Bissette interviews Bryan Talbot
THE SOCIAL ASYLUM – Anika Ramholdt
EXCERPT FROM BINKY BROWN MEETS THE HOLY VIRGIN MARY – Justin Green
MADNESS IN THE WHEDONVERSE: HOW MENTAL ILLNESS IS PORTRAYED IN THE WORKS OF JOSS WHEDON – Jemma Tosh
THE INSANE ASYLUM IN COMICS: A BRIEF OVERVIEW – Sonia Soans and Pauline Sometimes
THE NORMALIZING POWER OF THE SINGLE-PANEL CARTOON – Sheree Bradford-Lea
GRAPHIC POEMS – Simon Wharne
THE COMPENDIUM OF SUPERHEROES AND ALTER EGOS – Liz Greenfield
THE MAD STUDIES STREAM – Brigit McWade and Lucy Costa
BOOK REVIEWS – Lisa Appignanesi
NEWS AND REPORTS


Sample Article

‘ALL I NEEDED WAS TO GET IT OUT OF MY SYSTEM’: THE EARLY USE OF COMICS FOR MENTAL HEALTH THERAPY IN AMERICA – Joseph de Lappe


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