Cómics Que Curan: Volume 1
Cómics que Curan: Volume 1 represents the culmination of a 10-week series of comic book writing and illustration workshops funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, and conducted by DSTL Arts, a nonprofit arts mentorship organization that inspires, teaches and hires emerging artists from underserved communities. This workshop series engaged a diverse group of Latino youth, ages 16 to 25, at the Los Angeles Public Library–Vernon Branch with the aim of creating conversations surrounding mental health and the larger community. The workshop participants learned and applied the tools of visual storytelling through their own 2-page comics, exploring topics such as depression, social anxiety, and Autism.
It is the hope that this anthology of 2-page comics encourages the Latino community to have meaningful conversations relating to mental wellness and emotional health. It is the hope that this anthology empowers others who might share in the kinds of emotions our artists portrayed through their comics, and helps those individuals feel less alone. It is the hope that these comics support, as well as heal, through new mental health conversations we will have in our community.