2019 AMI Online Salon

Unboxing the Bitterness: A Graphic Memoir

Project Details

  • Entrant Name: Colleen Tang Poy
  • Membership Type: Student Submission   
  • Address: Mississauga, Canada
  • Client: Faculty Advisor: Dr. Shelley Wall
  • Medium/software used: Procreate, InDesign
  • Final presentation format: Print, 5.5 x 8.5” booklet
  • Primary Audience: Lay Audience

Project Description

Due to cultural and societal attitudes about death, emotions surrounding grief may feel irrational and remain uncommunicated; this negatively affects some people’s mental health and impedes their ability to properly grieve. These struggles are especially prevalent among the Asian community where mental health and death are particularly taboo topics. I intended to use visual metaphors via the medium of comics to depict the dimensions of the grieving process by sharing my perspective on grief as a diasporic Chinese Canadian. I aimed to present my experience in a relatable and engaging way such that others like me—or anyone processing the loss of a loved one—can identify thought processes complicating their grief, recognize that their experiences are valid, and consider taking the time and resources they need to emotionally heal.