My 40 page comic, On Sanity: One Day In Two Lives (2016) is a story of two halves, based on an early work, a 16 page zine titled Family Fun: On Sanity (2008). If you are very lucky you might already own one of the original zines – there were only 100 made.
Part One of this sequel tells the story of my own experience supporting my mother on the day she was ‘sectioned’ under the mental health act. Part two tells the story of my mother’s experience of the same day, while she was ill with psychosis and has some insights into her recovery, which has been as graceful as it has been heart warming.
The book was made as part of a whole project around mental ill-health. There were eight comics and zines workshops in collaboration with Arts and Minds (Leeds) and East Street Arts (Leeds) to explore graphic narratives as a way of communicating the experience of mental ill-health and recovery. Workshops were free and open to anyone over the age of 16. Participants received a free signed copy of the new book On Sanity: One Day in Two Lives and made a page for a collective zine to be distributed free around Leeds titled We All Start At The Beginning. There is a blog post about the zine.
Copies of On Sanity: One Day In Two Lives were donated to all libraries in the Leeds area and are available directly from the shop on this site or from independent comics stores such as OK Comics and Travelling Man in Leeds, Travelling Man in York, Page 45 in Nottingham and Gosh in London.
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