Asylum 22.3 – 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, Jo


hn 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 Greenfield
and Simon Warne, in this issue dealing specifically with gender.

Co-editors in the Mental Health in Comics series: Meg John Barker, Joseph de Lappe and Caroline Walters


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  ***Sample Article***

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

Sample Article

Recovery in the Bin: Key principles agreed and adopted by group members

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