Asylum 22.4 – Winter 2015


This final special feature in our series focuses on critical approaches to mental health in comics.

We begin with a comic from Liam Geary Baulch about being caught in the system, and then there are some personal reflections from Andrew Voyce about sequential art and mental health. This is followed by a challenging reflection on trauma from Nicolas Verstappen, and a practice-based article by Valentino Zullo, about how therapists might consider superhero origin stories as a useful model. Next we have Heinz Insu Fenkl’s graphic novel, Dr. Zauze’s Xylophone, followed by Steven Fraser’s article and a comic which together challenge us to consider whether comics really are an appropriate medium for exploring mental health issues. Finally, we present a couple more pieces in colour from Liz Greenfield and Simon Warne.


The Causes of Mental Health Problems – Liam Geary Baulch
Sequential Art, Personal Narrative. Mental Health and Me – Andrew Voyce
Muted and Mutated – Nicolas Verstappen
The Origins of Our Stories – Valentino Zullo  *** Sample Article ***
Dr. Zauze’s Xylophone – Heinz Insu Fenkl
Mental Health and Comic Books – Steven Fraser
Hearing Voices – Simon Wharne
Pinky’s Heroes – Will Aindow
Becoming: the mental illness computer game – Steven Patterson
Poem: Invisible Wheelchair – Irene Flack
Poem: Reflections – Caroline Wilhelmsen
Book Review – Helen Spandler
Letter to the editor – Maurice Frank
News and Findings

Sample Article

The Origins of Our Stories: Superheroes and Mental Health Practice by Valentino Zullo

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