Bird Brain is a series of comics about living with mental illness. The author, Chuck Mullin, started drawing comics as a way to cope with her own anxiety. She used pigeons, quirky, much-maligned creatures, to depict the day to day struggles of maintaining relationships, dealing with med shaming and dismissiveness, riding out the bad days and second-guessing the good ones.
It's quite heavy stuff, but much of it is also darkly funny. It's sometimes confronting, other times comforting. The fact that these issues are depicted using a cute little bird making them easier to take in.
This book could be really helpful for someone trying to understand the struggles of a friend, family member or coworker. It will also be relatable for people who suffer from mental illness themselves and might make them feel less alone.
Bird Brain is a deeply personal look at mental illness, told through odd, quirky comics. More of Chuck's work can be found on her website.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Andrews McMeel Publishing, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.