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Sunday, October 20 • 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Mental Health and Comics

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Many of our comics use mental health as a plot device, creating characters whose mental health is related to their abilities, powers, and sense of self. Figures like Alpha Flight’s Aurora express Dissociative Identity Disorder as a way to divide between mutant and human. Characters like Legion and Crazy Jane experience Dissociative Identity Disorder and each personality has a different power. It’s time for us to look at these portrayals of mental health and question why we are still using mental illness as a plot device.

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Derek Newman-Stille

Derek Newman-Stille (they/them) PhD ABD is a queer, nonbinary, disabled activist, artist, author, and academic. Derek teaches at Trent University, where they research representations of disability in Canadian Speculative Fiction. Derek has two new books out this year - We Shall Be... Read More →

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Von Allan

Writer/Artist, Von Allan Studio
Von Allan was born in Arnprior, Ontario, Canada, in 1974. When he was still very young, his parents separated, and he spent the remainder of his youth split between a troubled mother and a gruff father. In 1980, he and his mother moved to a working class neighbourhood in Ottawa. Coping... Read More →
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S.M. Beiko

Based in Winnipeg, S.M. Beiko has worked in the speculative fiction publishing industry since 2010 as a consultant, developmental editor, and graphic designer, and has done so for novels, short fiction, children's books, and graphic novels. She is also an author of young adult fantasy... Read More →
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Kaitlin Caul

Kaitlin Caul has three great loves in life; writing, drawing, and dragons. She is also a gigantic geek and grew up on a healthy diet of Star Trek: Voyager, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Dragonlance. As such, she has developed a fascination with awesome stories, quippy characters... Read More →
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Mark Shainblum

Mark Shainblum was born and raised in Montreal, where he and illustrator Gabriel Morrissette co-created the acclaimed indy superhero series Northguard. Later, the team created the parody series Angloman, which appeared in two bestselling books from Signature Editons, and later as... Read More →

Sunday October 20, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm EDT
Salon D - 20 seats