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council for disability concerns pres.

Webcomics and Depression

"'Seeing all your comments makes me feel less alone"

Because they appear in social media feeds and are easily shared online, webcomics can be a powerful method of solidarity building for marginalized audiences. In this public lecture, Dr. Leah Misemer will discuss how the spread of Allie Brosh's webcomic Hyperbole and a Half increases the visibility of the experience of depression, while the comments section provides a space for conversations about depression that counteract the feelings of isolation associated with the illness. Based on this case study, Misemer suggests that, as comics and digital media, webcomics are uniquely positioned to raise awareness about and to counter the social stigma surrounding mental illness.
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