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 →
Priya’s Shakti is a multimedia spectacle
What a wild ride! Goddess incarnations, Battles of the Gods, and a rape survivor with a tiger to ride on as she shares her message of hope. Priya's Shakti is a vibrant and engaging public health campaign from India, anchored in a 36-page comic book written by Ram Devineni and Vikas Menon, with art by Dan... Continue Reading →
Interview with comics artist Amy Camber
Shortly after the presidential election, Seattle artist Amy Camber's comic "One Week Later" was a gift to those of us who were stunned and aching. Published on The Huffington Post, the comic now has more than 13,ooo views, likes, and shares. The message of grief and empathy was just what so many of us needed to... Continue Reading →
Book Review: Trauma is Really Strange by Haines & Standing
In Trauma is Really Strange, writer Steve Haines and artist Sophie Standing explain current and historic research on the human brain’s responses to trauma. This 32-page book is packed with information and reads like a “trauma for beginners” manual. The book starts with an explanation of the two different brain pathways that trauma can stimulate:... Continue Reading →
The strength to confront it
"How do you admit you’re a man who was sexually assaulted?" editorial comics artist Chris Kindred asks in his short comic My Black Skin Is Not An Invitation on Matter. This beautiful piece uses the comics form flawlessly, walking the reader through the morning after the assault, his friends' reactions, and his own framing and reframing of the experience. Kindred... Continue Reading →
Al Khan, the comic strip
Al Khan is a long-running newspaper strip by artist Tarek Shahin. In 2009, he published a series in Daily News Egypt about street harassment and sexual assault.
Upcoming Book Review: Mel’s Story: Surviving Military Sexual Assault
Doonesbury's Gary Trudeau dedicates more than 100 pages to the story of one soldier who experienced sexual assault by a commanding officer. A book review will be posted soon.
Remember when we used to laugh with Bill Cosby? There are a lot of editorial comics about our fallen hero these days. You can see a nice collection at politicalcartoons.com. Here are a couple from editorial cartoonists Mike Luckovich and John Cole as featured in The Denver Post, Jan 4 2016.
“The phone rang. It was my college rapist.”
Artist Jen Sorenson draws the story of her friend Allison's rape on a college campus, from fusion.net