In "Trigger Warning: Breakfast" on The Nib, an anonymous artists tells the story of her assault and the steps she took to convince herself that it hadn't happened. A tough exterior can go a long way, but for this "bad victim," it took years to acknowledge her experience.
Cartoonist Suzy X talks about how getting triggered can ruin her whole week, at Bitch Magazine. What does it take to weather the storm? Self care, good friends, and a well formulated backup plan.
She did it! Portland artist Erika Rier finished her comic on time, and you can see it next month when the Grab Back Comics Anthology premiers. This book is going to be amazing. Stay tuned! https://www.instagram.com/p/BUXtO51DrX4/?taken-by=erika_rier&hl=en
When he dressed up as a duck for a job in high school, Barry Deutsch was seen as female by the public and as gay by his coworkers. Things got dangerous. He tells an insightful story about personal vulnerability and the fragility of the gender system in If It Looks Like a Duck on The... Continue Reading →
In her new book Not My Shame, T.O. Walker tells a story that I can really relate to. Published in the U.K. in 2017 by Singing Dragon, Not My Shame is a graphic memoir about assault, hard-earned survival, and the redemption of human connection. The non-linear narrative reflects the experiences of an assault survivor... Continue Reading →
In Monster, Artist Kiko Galpin tells a very personal story about life after sexual assault. Earlier this month, Kiko answered some questions from Grab Back Comics about the process of making this comic and publishing it in Room Magazine. Kiko says, "I wanted to convey the idea that this fear and discomfort doesn’t go away after the... Continue Reading →
Una's book Becoming Unbecoming is a graphically beautiful story of a girl growing up in a community haunted by a serial rapist and murderer. When town authorities and the media place the burden of personal safety on women and girls, Una gets a clear message that her own experience with sexual violence is entirely her fault. J.... Continue Reading →
On Narratively, Secret Life of Gitmo's Women by artist Lucy Bellwood and interviewer Sarah Mirk tells the stories of two women serving in the Navy at Guantanamo Bay. The negatives of military culture seem to be amplified on the tiny island. Laura and Melanie's stories both speak to the isolation and emotional conflict they feel as part of the... Continue Reading →