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Graphic novels often deal with complex emotions or psychological problems of characters. Different cultures will handle psychological challenges differently, and graphic novels are a good entrance into disucssing multicultural psychology.
This selection includes temporary psychological issues (depression), as well as life-long issues impacting the mind (autism, PTSD).
Psychological Issues in Graphic Novels
Call Number: PN6747.B15 A7813 2005 STACKS
Publication Date: 2006-07-04
"David B. spent an idyllic early childhood in a small town near Orléans, France, but the family's life changed abruptly when his big brother Jean-Christophe was struck with epilepsy at age eleven. In search of a cure, their parents dragged the family to acupuncturists and magnetic therapists, to mediums and macrobiotic communes, but every new cure ended in disappointment. Angry at his brother for "abandoning" him and at all the quacks who offered them false hope, the author learned to cope by drawing fantastically elaborate battle scenes, creating images that provide a window into his interior life, as well as reliving his grandfathers' experiences in both World Wars through flashbacks. " (Publisher description) #abilities #psychology #culture
Exit Wounds by
Call Number: PN6790.I74 M63 2008 STACKS
Publication Date: 2008-12-23
"Set in modern-day Tel Aviv, a young man, Koby Franco, receives an urgent phone call from a female soldier. Learning that his estranged father may have been a victim of a suicide bombing in Hadera, Koby reluctantly joins the soldier in searching for clues. His death would certainly explain his empty apartment and disconnected phone line. As Koby tries to unravel the mystery of his father's death, he finds himself piecing together not only the last few months of his father's life but his entire identity." #culture
Marbles : mania, depression, Michelangelo, and me : a graphic memoir by
Call Number: Interlibrary Loan
ISBN: 9781592407323: Mania, Depression,
Publication Date: 2012-11-06
Shortly before her thirtieth birthday, Ellen Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Flagrantly manic but terrified that medications would cause her to lose her creativity and livelihood, she began a years-long struggle to find mental stability without losing herself or her passion. Searching to make sense of the popular concept of the "crazy artist," Ellen found inspiration from the lives and work of other artist and writers who suffered from mood disorders, including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe, William Styron, and Sylvia Plath. #psychology #lesbian #gender
The Ride Together: A Brother and Sister's Memoir of Autism in the Family by
Call Number: Request Delivery IUPUI
Publication Date: 2003
"'We looked like a cup of human fruit cocktail dumped onto the top of the house, each piece different but all out of the same can.' So begins a book unlike any other, half comics and half text, about a family that lives with autism -- and the strange life that is ordinary to them." (Amazon.com) #abilities #psychology