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Review: A Chance

A Chance chronicles Cristina Durán and Miguel Giner Bou‘s journey of starting a family. First with their daughter Laia who is born with cerebral palsy and then their second daughter Selam who they adopt from Ethiopia. As a parent, it’s a graphic novel I can really relate to and appreciate.

Story: Cristina Durán and Miguel Giner Bou
Art: Cristina Durán and Miguel Giner Bou
Translation: Katherine Rucker

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Looking at Trauma: A Tool Kit for Clinicians is New in Graphic Medicine

Graphic Medicine is the interesting space of healthcare and comics. It’s a growing sector in the comic industry and something we’ll be covering more here.

Looking at Trauma: A Tool Kit for Clinicians is an easy-to-use, engaging resource designed to address the challenges health care professionals face in providing much-needed trauma psychoeducation to clients with histories of childhood trauma.

Topics covered include complex posttraumatic stress disorder, emotion regulation, memory, relationship patterns, and self-care. Each chapter features step-by-step instructions on how to use the treatment models with clients; practical educational tips from experienced clinicians in the field of childhood trauma; interactive trauma education comics; a foundational framework focused on care for the provider; and references for further study.

Intended for use in therapeutic, clinical, and classroom settings, this book is a valuable resource for all healthcare workers. In particular, social workers, psychotherapists, spiritual care providers, nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, primary care physicians, and psychiatrists will find this tool kit indispensable.

The graphic novel is edited by Abby Hershler, Lesley Hughes, Patricia Nguyen, and Shelley Wall and available now to order.

Ripple Effects Explores Life as a Superhero with an Invisible and Incurable Disease

Fanbase Press has announced a new addition to its publishing slate and its first foray into Graphic Medicine with Ripple Effects, a five-issue comic book series created, written, and colored by Jordan Hart, illustrated by Bruno Chiroleu, flatted by Shane Kadlecik, lettered by Oceano Ransford, and featuring cover art by Justin C. Harder.

Ripple Effects explores life as a superhero with an invisible and incurable disease. It’s like The Incredibles meets the dramedy, 50/50.

In a world that is no stranger to superheroes, George Gibson is invulnerable to physical harm but fights every day to stay alive. Suffering from an acute case of type 1 diabetes, his invincibility is offset by a defective pancreas that must be monitored and treated daily. This incurable disease makes George’s body both his greatest strength and his eternal weakness.  

The series is one near and dear to creator Jordan Hart who lives with an invisible and incurable blood-clotting disease called thrombophilia

In the announcement, Hart said:

40% of Americans have an incurable disease, some more lethal than others. A superhero who struggles with medical bills, weekly doctor visits, and the anxiety of depending on daily, erratic treatments seems well overdue.

What sets this series apart is a positive, person-first representation about life with a chronic disease . . . which just so happens to also include superhuman abilities. But, Ripple Effects isn’t just a story about a character with an incurable disease. It’s also a thrilling and relevant superhero tale that touches on the difficulty of finding a work/life balance, the class struggles and economic inequality experienced by many in our nation, and the desire to help others during trying times.

Issues #1-5 of the comic book series will be released digitally through ComiXology and Hoopla Digital starting in the summer of 2022. In addition, the series will be collected into a printed trade paperback following the digital release.  The Ripple Effects trade paperback is currently available for pre-order through the Fanbase Press website. Pre-orders made by August 1, 2022, will receive an exclusive print illustrated and signed by series creator Jordan Hart.

Ripple Effects

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Freiheit!: The White Rose Graphic Novel

We’re inching closer to a new year and while this week will likely be fairly quiet with news, we still have some from around the web in our morning roundup. It’s also one of two new release days! What are you getting? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that.. here’s the news!

Boing Boing – A look back at Golden Age “Antiviral Alliance” comic books – Some interesting comic book history.

The Body – ‘Luna Unleashed’ Takes a Superpowered Approach to HIV Prevention for Black Women – Always nice to see comics used in medicine.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: DOWN TO EARTH warms even the coldest of hearts – Free comics!


ICv2 – Freiheit!: The White Rose Graphic Novel

Charlie Adlard, Alex Paknadel, James Devlin, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, and UK Comics Laureate Hannah Berry, and more Present Planet DIVOC-91

Planet DIVOC-19

This summer, an ambitious storytelling experience will bring the world of science to comics like never before. An impressive roster of comic book creators — including Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard, Friendo writer Alex Paknadel, UK Comics Laureate Hannah Berry, colorist and designer James Devlin, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou are collaborating on Planet DIVOC-91, an ambitious webcomic debuting July 15, 2020 on WEBTOON.

The nine-part webcomic, which is funded by some of the most prestigious scientific organizations in the UK, is an offbeat sci-fi satire about a pandemic outbreak in the far reaches of outer space. In Planet DIVOC-91, all young adults between the age of 16-25 have been transported to an earth-like planet which has been terraformed, so that both humans and aliens can breathe the air. Each chapter features the work of a different creative team and cover artist and is interspersed with short articles, links to videos, and other pieces of art by young adults about issues related to COVID-19, and mixes from world-renowned DJs and Producers.  

Planet DIVOC-91 follows the adventures of two earthlings: Sanda Oung, a 23-year-old girl from the UK, and Champo Oung, Sanda’s 19-year-old, non-binary sibling. In the series, 15% of the world’s population of 7.5 billion people are now stuck on another planet, miles from the safety of home. Sanda learns that humans have been brought to Planet Divoc-91 because the Earth is at risk of an extinction-level event – and young adults have been moved to safety by the Board of Adversity Scientists for Intergalactic Leadership’ (BASIL), led by a charismatic and fearsome alien named ADRO. 

The series will feature covers from all-star artists Elsa Charretier, Marco Finnegan, Leslie Hung, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, VV Glass, Matt Kindt, Alitha Martinez, Anand RK, and David Rubín.

The series’ first chapter is written by Sara Kenney and illustrated by legendary Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard. The first chapter features a cover by acclaimed artist Elsa Charretier, 17 pages of comic storytelling, and 17 pages of extra material. Subsequent chapters will feature between 6 and 8 pages of comic storytelling, in addition to the essays and reporting.

Planet DIVOC-91 is produced by Dr. Bella Starling, Director of Vocal at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Sara Kenney, Creative Director at Wowbagger Productions, in association with the UK Academy of Medical Sciences. The project has since grown in scale and ambition, and there is a young editorial team from UK, India, South Africa, and Malawi who are interviewing experts from scientists to historians, ethicists to anthropologists, and from that material curating articles, creating art and videos in reaction to the interviews.

The project was kick started via NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre seed funding who are providing continued support. Additional supporters include The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC); Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC); The University of Manchester through the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund award; Sarah Iqbal,  DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance; Anita Shervington, Blast Fest and Nabeel Petersen, Interfer (South Africa). The series was inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5

It’s a new week and we’ve got interviews and more coming at you! While you start the week off, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Healio – Educational comic books may be ‘powerful tool’ for improving HPV vaccination – Graphic medicine is a growing segment and well worth keeping an eye on.

Engadget – TikTok users and K-pop fans say they wrecked Trump’s Tulsa rally – A lot will be written about this. It will also shift how campaigns approach digital.


Comic Attack – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5

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Justice League #45

It’s new comic book day! What are you all excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait to get your comics, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Kotaku – Star Wars’ New Era of Storytelling Has Been Delayed – This isn’t surprising.

CBLDF – CBLDF Leads Coalition to Protect the First Amendment Rights of Editorial Cartoonist – Good to see this. More of a reason to not support RedBubble.

Book Riot – Kid Lit Author Booki Vivat Encourages Mental Health Training With Comic – Comics have been a great tool for healthcare.


ComicMix – Is This How You See Me?
Newsarama – Justice League #45

The Children’s Tumor Foundation Continues to Embrace Graphic Medicine with the Understanding NF2 Comic

Children’s Tumor Foundation

The Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF) has released their newest resource, Understanding NF2, an eight-page educational comic created in collaboration with award-winning storytelling studio Bottled Lightning. The comic is part of the growing movement of “Graphic Medicine,” the use of comic books to educate individuals about complicated medical issues.

Understanding NF2 is a memoir-style comic that’s part of the Children’s Tumor Foundation’s ongoing effort to raise awareness about neurofibromatosis (NF) and create new and interesting resources for the millions of people worldwide who live with the rare disease.

Written by CTF’s Director of Communications Vanessa Shealy Younger and illustrated by Eisner-nominated artist Kevin Colden, the comic tells the true story of Billy Nguyen, who was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 2, or NF2, at the age of six. NF2 is characterized by the development of benign tumors on the hearing nerves, and sometimes leads to partial or complete hearing loss or other difficult problems. 

Once Billy learns of his NF2 diagnosis, the story tracks his childhood struggle to understand the difficult disorder. His Vietnamese parents spoke some English, but all the medical terms were too overwhelming, leaving young Billy to make a lot of adult decisions on his own.

Now a fourth-year medical student at the University of California, Los Angeles, Billy was a part of the process from the beginning. Colorist Chris Sotomayor and letterer Nate Pride round out the creative team.

Artist Kevin Colden has a personal connection to NF through his wife, graphic novelist Miss Lasko-Gross. “My wife’s second cousin has NF1, so I’ve personally seen how NF can affect families. Working with this script and being able to bring Billy’s story to life was a wonderful opportunity,” Kevin remarked.   

This is the third collaboration between CTF and the storytelling studio Bottled Lighting. Their previous collaborations Moxie and Sparx Introduce the Accelerator and Moxie and Sparx Explain NF1 are available to download for free from the CTF website.

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It’s a new week and we’re gearing up for the end of year and holidays and we’ll be kicking off our coverage of both this week! While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

iO9 – Thanos Narrated an Early Draft of Avengers: Infinity War – That’d have been a bit different in a lot of ways you look at the film.

Medscape – The 10 Graphic Novels That Made Graphic Medicine – It’s an interesting area of comics.

CBLDF – Comics, Manga, and More Censored in Louisiana Prisons – Sigh…



Talking Comics – Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth #1

The Outhousers – Batman and the Justice League Vol. 1

Atomic Junk Shop – Farmhand #1-5

Review: Graphic Reproduction: A Comics Anthology

While it is so often considered taboo and explicit, so much of the world revolves on sex and people’s deepest desires. People are obsessed with the optics of what makes someone sexy. Movies, music, television, books, and comics, all rely on it to make themselves more scintillating. Though the subject still makes us uncomfortable.

The main purpose of sex is for reproduction, while pleasure is simply a byproduct of the act. This concept is somewhat is thought in every sex education, but rarely do they get into the details of the reproductive cycle, not only childbirth, but also child loss, and how thousands of couples try to conceive every year. As the world has evolved, becoming more conscientious of how much the truth matters, the more creators have come forward to make the facts and reality more transparent. In Graphic Reproduction: A Comics Anthology, a bevy of talented writers and artists have come forward to give readers, the unadulterated truth of the reproductive process.

The graphic novel covers a lot of topics. In “Abortion Eve,” the reader follows a young lady scheduled for an abortion as she has a frank conversation about the realities of undergoing the process. In “Not Funny Ha-Ha,” the reader learns of the two types of abortion procedures and what to expect. In “Spooky Womb,” a woman on her 30th birthday realizes her relationship with her womb is tantamount to her well-being. In “Utero: A Cluster of Comics,” Paula Knight examines the many insecurities and challenges women must go through about their bodies, their sexuality, and the reproductive process. In “Present/Perfect,” Jenell Johnson takes the reader through the struggles of deciding to have a child and turmoil connected to each alternative. In “A Significant Loss: The Story Of My Miscarriage,” Endrene Shepherd gives readers an engrossing view of her journey from finding out she was pregnant to her miscarriage followed by her postpartum depression and eventual acceptance of self and situation. “Losing Thomas and Ella: A Father’s Story,” Weaver-Hightower dives into his family’s emotional journey after losing his twins after childbirth. In “Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag,” A.K Summers, the reader gets a front row seat of the struggles being a butch lesbian and being pregnant. In “Pushing Back: A Home Birth Story,” Bethany Doane tells her unique experience with home child birth and what happens after. In “Overwhelmed, Anxious and Angry: Navigating Postpartum Depression,” we follow Dr. Zucker as she talks to different patients about their fights with postpartum depression. In “Anatomy Of A New Mom,” Tyler gives a satirical infographic of the modern mother. In the last story, “Spawn Of Dyke to Watch Out For,” Alison Bechdel tells a hilarious tale of one child birth where a woman undergoes a home birth with the help of some overzealous friends.

Overall, the collection is impressive with creators whose honesty and heart shines through every story. It shows how illuminating personal truths only helps to educate the world. It opens the eyes of readers to make them understand that millions of women deal with this every day. The stories are heartfelt, relevant, and entertaining. The art is warm and engaging. Altogether, it’s both an important teaching tool and a study in empathy.

Editor: Jenell Johnson
Story: Jenell Johnson, Susan Merrill Squier, Joyce Meyer, Lyn Chevli, Paula Knight, Leah Hayes, Endrene Shepherd, Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower, A.K Summers, Bethany Doane, Jessica Zucker, Carol Tyler, Alison Bechdel

Art: Joyce Meyer, Lyn Chevli, Paula Knight, Leah Hayes, Jenell Johnson, Endrene Shepherd, Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower, A.K Summers, Bethany Doane, Ryan Alexander-Tanner, Carol Tyler, Alison Bechdel
Story: 10 Art: 8.6 Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

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