Many people do not realise the versatility that comics as a medium provide in terms of self-expression. Certain people have turned to comics rather than the just the written word to explore, to combat, to inform the world with the graphic intensity of their stories, their highs and lows. The last few years have seen comic creators write about depression, grief, eating disorders and more.
Why have they chosen comics instead of any other medium?
Is comic creation a cathartic process?
Join David Monteith of Geek Syndicate at the Cartoon Museum on the 23rd of October as he explores Comics and their relationship to the dark night of the soul. The event is free but space is limited so advance booking is advised. Call 02087508155 or email [email protected]
This is part of the Bloomsbury Festival – a creative explosion of performance, arts, music and heritage events held in the streets, parks, museums, galleries, laboratories and public and private buildings of one of London’s most vibrant cultural quarters.
Helping David shed some light on the issues will be the following creators
Nicola Streeten’s little boy, Billy, was two years old when he died following heart surgery for problems diagnosed only 10 days earlier. 13 years later, able to finally revisit a diary written at the time, Streeten began translating her notes into a graphic novel. The result, a gut-wrenchingly sad retrospective reflection from a ‘healed’ perspective, is an unforgettable portrayal of human responses to trauma.
Maria Stoian – Bringing together the voices of males and females of all ages, the stories in this collective graphic memoir reflect real life experiences of sexual abuse, violence and harassment. Covering acts such as sexual violence, public sexual harassment, domestic abuse and child abuse, this is a reminder for survivors that they are not alone and a call for all of us to take action. The stories clearly show that assault of any type is not an honour bestowed on anyone. It is not a compliment.
Brick – Part travelogue, part indictment of mad medicine, Depresso is Tom Freeman’s hilarious journey through the vagaries of the system to emerged scathed but content with being ‘bonkers’. The story unfolds over several years, in China and the UK, during which anti-depressants reduce Tom to a zombie and alternative therapies drive him to comic re-examinations of his life, his work and relationships.
At 31, Matilda Tristram was 17 weeks pregnant and looking forward to having her first baby. Then she discovered she had bowel cancer. A moving, funny and inspiring graphic memoir
Katie Green – a hand-drawn story of struggle and recovery, a trip into the black heart of a taboo illness, an exposure of those who are so weak as to prey on the vulnerable, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure towards happiness.