The End of the Line
Eleven Graphic Stories About Mental Illness
by Darryl Cunningham
$15.00 List Price
Some topics are particularly suited for comics. Among them, apparently, are teenage mutant ninja turtles, overweight cats who love lasagna, and swamp things. Should we add mental illness to the list? It's certainly true that a glance at a comic, more than a look at a snippet of film or a page of prose, can immediately convey a mental state, especially a diseased one.
Think, for example, of the psychological deterioration of Robert Crumb's brother Charles in the documentary Crumb. Charles's comics mutate from saccharine animal follies into suffocating tableaux whose word balloons lumber like zeppelins. Finally, the page is completely filled by endless chains of asemic marks. In other words, Charles's disease overruns every element of the comics' architecture: the quality of line, the text in the word balloons, the
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