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Saturday, August 19 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Comics and Mental Health
Comics are a powerful tool for cultivating healthy minds. Fictional struggles and failures resonate with at-risk readers and help them face real-world challenges, while the imaginative nature of comics encourages exploration, and self-expression. Join a panel of comic creators and mental health professionals as they discuss the unique power of comics to reinforce a marginalized identity, to address a broad spectrum of adversity, and to heal both artist and reader.

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Tana Ford

Tana Ford is the writer and artist of the lesbian road trip graphic novel Duck and its sequel Duck: Second Chances, which received a Lambda Literary Award nomination. Her work on Marvel’s Spider-Man spin-off series Silk featured a racially diverse cast, queer romance and a destigmatizing portrayal of mental illness... Read More →

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Sina Grace

Sina Grace is the writer of Marvel Comics’ new X-Men solo series Iceman, their first ongoing solo title to feature a gay male protagonist. His creator-owned work published by Image Comics includes the cult hit The Li’l Depressed Boy and the critically acclaimed action series Burn... Read More →
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Shannon Carroll NP

Owner, MetroNP
Shannon Carroll is a Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry whose primary focus is working with artists who identify as LGBTQ. He is also an actor for both film and television.
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Noel Hunter, Psy.D

Clinical Psychologist
Noel Hunter is a clinical psychologist and an advocate for the rights of people diagnosed with mental disorders. She believes in a trauma-informed, humanistic, person-centered approach to understanding problems in living. In addition to scholarly and advocacy activities, Noel pe... Read More →

Saturday August 19, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room C