The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship
This graphic article explores the sensory world in the context of pandemic-related mental health issues. While comic artists work in abstract and impressionistic styles to varying degrees, most comic art has been representational. While many artists are adept at rendering facial expressions and body language, these are merely outward manifestations of a character’s mood or emotions. This article explores conveying states of mind less literally, using my own psychological reaction to the pandemic as its subject. I employ visual metaphors, icons, symbols, abstraction, and simplification rather than realistic or highly rendered images in the hopes of better relaying thoughts and emotions.
Whatley, Edward, "Drawing the Invisible: Comics as a Way of Depicting Pscyhological Responses to the Pandemic" (2022). Library Faculty Scholarship. 21.