Asylum Magazine (Volume 22 No 3) Autumn 2015

The special feature in this issue focuses on depictions of body and gender-related mental distress in comics. We kick off with a piece by Caroline reflecting on the recent spate of autobiographical comics, particularly Marbles. After that we have Kate Tibbets’s Lobotomobile and Jason Darrah’s piece about mental health in prisons.

Next, focusing on masculinity, John Hatagan and Craig This write about Iron Man and PTSD, and Tony Keen writes about Superman as depicted by Alan Moore.

After that we have a comic and piece by John G. Swogger and Liesl Swogger exploring Liesl’s bulimia, and excerpts from Katie Green’s Lighter than my Shadow, concerning anorexia, along with an interview with Katie about her work.

This is followed by a story from Caren Messing, In the Studio. We also have thoughts on anxiety disorders by Michelle Grimley, with cartoons by Natalie Dee.

Finally we print the third page of Brick’s carton, A Dog is For Life; this page got left out of the last issue due to it being lost somewhere in the emails, for which we apologise. And again we showcase comics from both Liz Greenfeld and Simon Warne, in this issue dealing specifcally with gender.

Meg John Barker, Joseph De Lappe and Caroline Walters



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  • Special Issue: Comics and Mental health: Part 3
  • Introduction: the editors
  • Graphic Memoirs, Creativity and Mental Distress Caroline Walters
  • The Lobotomobile Kate Tibbetts
  • A Single Bound: Transcending mental illness through comic books Jason Darrah
  • Tony Stark / Iron Man and PTSD John Hatagan and Craig This
  • The Madness of Superman as Depicted by Alan Moore Tony Keen
  • One of Those People – A collaborative graphic novel John G. Swogger and Liesl Swogger
  • Sasha Garwood Interviews Katie Green
  • In The Studio Caren Messing
  • The Lighter Side of Anxiety Disorders Michelle Grimley
  • A Dog is For Life … cont. Brick
  • Recovery in the Bin: Key principles agreed and adopted by group members
  • Put Poetry into the Job Centre and Leave CBT for Somewhere More Appropriate … Janet Haney
  • Swimming Upstream: Healthcare professionals and electroshock Bonnie Burstow
  • Book reviews
  • News and Findings