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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published November 8th 2019
Mental illness, with pigeons
Bird Brain, comics, Andrew McMeel Publishing, web comics, comics about mental health

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.

bird brain, Chuck Mullin, pigeon comics, comics, comics about anxiety, comics about mental illness

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.

Bird Brain, comics, comics about anxiety

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, comics about anxiety, comics about mental illness, Chuck Mullins

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.

Published: November 19, 2019
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