An article by, Kaila Streichert
Increased heartbeat, sweaty palms, shortness of breath. That was me trying to work out a topic for this article. The menagerie of metaphors! The verbs and adverbs alone were dizzying.
Frankly, it gave me anxiety.
Which is when I saw the sign like an Ace of Bass song; how have graphic novels helped me with my mental illness? Now, I don't mean how they helped me view my situation from a different perspective, nor how they provided a much needed distraction. I'm talking about the specific way certain writers and artists have melded storylines, artistry, speech bubbles, and panels to make me feel less alone and truly understood.
Comics and graphic novels aren't a cure all, not by any means. But finding anything that can make you feel validated is no small feat. So, go out, find those books, and tell me which ones have made you feel understood and safe. I can't wait to read them.