Edited Collection under contract with Penn State’s Graphic Medicine Series
Dr. Leah Misemer
Dr. Jessica Gross
Proposals Due: January 28, 2019
The past few years have seen a greater interest in comics related to mental health. For example, numerous journalists profiled both Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half, which depicts depression, and John Porcellino’s Hospital Suite, which depicts the author’s struggles with physical health and OCD. Additionally, the 2016 publication of the Disability in Comics Books and Graphic Narratives collection includes several essays about comics and mental disability. While these works have been important in drawing attention to comics as a space for depicting mental illness, there has not yet been an exclusive study of how comics provide unique opportunities for exploring mental illness.
This proposed edited collection, Invisible Made Visible: Comics and Mental Illness, explores the paradox of how invisible internal mental and emotional states can be represented through the inherently visual form of comics, as well as how comics draw attention to individuals and communities who feel—or are—invisible within society. Building on previous scholarly, artistic, and pedagogical conversations about form and identity in comics, this collection considers the intersections of form and mental illness, interrogating how the comics form provides a visual vocabulary for representing internal mental states.
We invite scholarly essays, original comics, and course design documents about comics and mental illness.
For information, see the full CFP.