New Graphic Medicine: Apr 2020

Here are the graphic medicine books coming out in April 2020. These lists will be about books that I have not yet read. If I have had the opportunity, I will let you know what I thought. If you have read one or more, please leave a comment about what you thought!

In Vitro by William Roy

Release Date: March 31, 2020

I had this book in my April releases. However when I checked back after posting the March releases, it said March 31 release. Here is additional March content coming in April! 

This memoir is about the in vitro fertilization process from the male’s perspective. Often the stories are about the emotions and symptoms around the woman. William Roy discovered there were issues with his sperm leading to the couple’s lack of conception. He discusses his emotions around the process. 

Goodbye: A Story of Suicide by Hailee Joy Lamberth (story of), Monica Kubina, and Don Hudson (art)

Release Date: April 14, 2020

Zuiker Press is a nonprofit press with the goal of helping students with difficult topics. They produce graphic memoirs of real teenagers with the help of adults who edit, storyboard, and illustrate. Goodbye will be their seventh book. It shares the story of Hailee Joy Lamberth who was bullied and unfortunately decided to end her own life. The book explores the ways this could have been prevented and aims to guide other teenagers to seek other options. 

Donations to Zuiker Press help them to provide schools the books free of charge. Four of their books have downloadable PDF guides for educators. Hopefully Goodbye will also get one. 

Medicine: A Graphic History by Jean-Noel Fabiani and Philippe Bercovici (ill)

Release Date: April 7, 2020

This is a nonfiction book aiming to tell the tales of medicine’s past. It is a humorous take on incredible breakthroughs and surprise discoveries. The timeline includes the “Middle Ages” to today. There aren’t any deep dives into any one topic. Instead covering a wide array of medical topics. 

Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder

Release Date: April 14, 2020

Dancing at the Pity Party is a memoir about cancer and also about grief. It is a lighthearted look at a heavy subject, making it easier to relate to the tough content. Feder takes the reader through the many “firsts” in her life after the death of her mother. 

The Dark Matter of Mona Starr by Laura Lee Gulledge

Release Date: April 7, 2020

This is a fictional title about depression through the eyes of a teenage girl. The highlights of this book include the imaginative depictions of depression and emotions and the positive portrayal of therapy. 

Eat and Love Yourself by Sweeney Book and Lylian Klepakowsky

Release Date: April 21, 2020

This comic was first a successful Kickstarter in December 2019. Then it was picked up by BOOM! Studios for mass release. It is a fantastical story about a woman suffering from body dysmorphia and eating disorders, who picks up a magical chocolate bar to teach her to love herself. Based on reviews, it seems the story is an accurate and empathetic portrayal of having an eating disorder.  

The Lightness of Hands by Jeff Garvin

Release Date: April 14, 2020

The Lightness of Hands is the fictional story of Ellie Dante and her father. They are without the means to pay for her father’s heart issues or her bipolar disorder medication. Ellie has agreed to get her father, a former magician, to perform again. The book explores the relationships of the characters and faithfully depicts the emotions and mental health of Ellie. Garvin is open about his bipolar disorder diagnosis and strove to reflect his own experiences through Ellie.

When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

Release Date: April 14, 2020

In When Stars Are Scattered, brothers, Omar and Hassan, are in a refugee camp without parents. Hassan has a disability and Omar serves as his caregiver. This is all happening with limited access to medical care and other basic necessities. This is based on Omar Mohamed’s personal experiences.

I hope everyone is safe out there amid all this craziness. Although none of these books deals with COVID-19, you can find dozens of shorter comics at graphicmedicine.org/covid-19-comics/

If you know of any that I missed, leave a note in the comments! Thank you for reading. If you would like to support me financially, I have a Patreon.

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