cartoon no. 6 from ‘stories from the edge’…

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animator, illustrator, character designer, graphic designer. music producer/recording musician. co-owner of PROOST. proost.co.uk
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  1. pemko says:

    So many people don’t see this point

  2. Karita says:

    Very good cartoon.

  3. jonbirch says:

    absolutely, pemko.

    thank you, karita.

  4. soniamain says:

    this isn’t just about young people. i know from my mum’s experience people see the mental health first and rarely see beyond that. I’m guilty of that, it’s so easy to label someone and not see beyond the label. Good cartoons Jon, you’ve done good:)

  5. jonbirch says:

    yes, sonia… absolutely right, it certainly isn’t just about young people. i think that’s part of what i really enjoyed about the book… it really is a book about people that goes beyond it’s obvious remit. to be honest, the book easily inspires cartoons. i was commissioned to do twenty but threw them an extra for free… it would have been easy to do fifty i reckon. ooh, and thanks for the compliment. :-) x

  6. Pat says:

    Sonia – maybe one of the problems, and something which we could all be more aware of, is that we often automatically apply these labels by the form of referrent language we use.

    Thus we ought to say ‘a person with schizophrenia’ rather than ‘a schizophrenic’. The first identifies one among many aspects of a person; the second reduces them to a single (and usually implicitly negative) defining characteristic.

    Newspapers are particularly bad at this :-(

  7. jonbirch says:

    a very good point, pat. newspapers, as with many things they are bad at, are especially bad at this… ‘paedo’, ‘monster’, etc… etc… :-(

  8. Forrest says:

    “”But, but, things and people are sooooo much more comprehendable and easier to deal with when labeled and pigeonholed.
    I mean, observing, accepting, and dealing with all the complexities and idiosyncrasies of ten thousand unique individuals is too taxing of my spirit and takes more time to do than I have free anyway what with everything else in my schedule. “”

  9. Carole says:

    I think that each of us has to work hard to be accepting of each other person. Some of us have more easily pigeonhole-able disabilities/conditions/qualities…others of us have problems of perception, deficiencies of experience, fears of the unfamiliar and difficulties in expression. With all of our individual challenges, living together in this world, trying to achieve some kind of harmony is always going to be an uphill struggle but hopefully worth it in the end.

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