Is there something about comics and graphic novels that make them particularly effective when telling stories about people with mental health difficulties? That’s one of the questions that will be discussed at this special event with Darryl Cunningham (Science Tales, Supercrash) and Elaine Will, as part of Thought Bubble Festival and in partnership with Arts & Minds.
The artists will discuss their books, and there will be a chance to share your thoughts and an opportunity to share work and meet like-minded people.
Darryl Cunningham is a Yorkshire based cartoonist, author of many books, most recently Supercrash. His book, Psychiatric Tales, was partly inspired by his years spent working as a health care assistant on an acute psychiatric ward, as well as his own experience with acute depression.
Elaine Will is a cartoonist and illustrator from the wilds of Canada. She holds a BA in Illustration from The Arts University College at Bournemouth in the UK and has recently been awarded the Xeric Award for her original mental illness drama Look Straight Ahead.
The event will be hosted by Tom Bailey, who helps run Arts & Minds, a Leeds network of people interested in creativity and mental health. Tom is also a freelance illustrator.
Please bring your own work if you wish to share it, and there will be a selection of books and comics related to the issue of mental health to browse, kindly donated by Travelling Man Stores. This is a free event for audience members 16+.