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Bird Brain: Comics About Mental Health, Starring Pigeons

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  237 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Bird Brain is a collection of brutally honest, brilliantly weird comics exploring what it’s like to live with mental illness . . . using pigeons.

When Chuck Mullin began experiencing anxiety and depression as a teenager, she started drawing comics to help her make sense of the rollercoaster. Eventually, she found that pigeons—lovably quirky, yet universally reviled creature
Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: english, arc, comics
***Advance Review Copy generously provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

Maybe all of us have a little pigeon inside of us, who knows, so, be kinder to them next time you see them running around a square, looking for something to eat.

Well, I've sort of liked this.

The art is not really my cup of tea, and I have to say that unfortunately, this comics does not really stand up to the qualities of similar comics. I was not previously familiar with the author and I'm still tr
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I wasn’t familiar with Chuck Mullin’s pigeon comics on Instagram but found the cover and premise of this book to be inviting. I expected it to filled with comics but ultimately got so much more. Interspersed between the comics are short essays revealing Chuck Mullin’s personal experiences with mental illness: what it feels like, how it affects your life and how to cope with it and feel better. The essays are very honest, relatable and heartfelt. Mullin takes a serious subject but is able to disc ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I loved Chuck Mullin's little pigeon comics, so when I saw that she was releasing this collection, I jumped at the chance to read it — and I'm so glad I did.

The comics are spaced out with a couple of pages here and there that tell the author's own story with her mental illness, treatment, and her journey to the self-love she's begun to find for herself, and it's really wonderful and touching. I definitely teared up a few times over how much I related to her thoughts and worries, but it was also
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
How I read this: Free ebook copy received through Edelweiss

I love the pigeon comics, who doesn't? So of course I grabbed Bird Brain like three seconds after I saw it available on Edelweiss. Didn't even read the blurb.

And because of that, I was expecting something much lighter, maybe just an anthology of the comics up to this point - I've read some of those for other we'll loved online comics. They're usually great. What I didn't expect though, is an incredibly open, heart-wrenching and tea jerki
Laura U
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I also have a thing for pigeons. I honestly thought I was the only one. In this amazing work, the author tells about dealing with her mental illness. The pigeon drawings were sort of a therapy. I guess that people have to do whatever makes them happy. The author's excitement for this book is so lovely considering that the reader is aware of her anxiety. It's almost as if I know her, as if we could be friends.
Besides telling her story, the author provides a lot of information on mental illness. I
La Coccinelle
Dec 10, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF @ 54%

It's tricky when you're reviewing something so personal. But I couldn't finish this one, and I feel I should mention the reasons why, since it might save someone else an unpleasant experience.

Let me start by saying I have no problem with the premise or the intent behind these comics, at least individually. It's brave for anyone to share their mental health struggles with a bunch of perfect strangers. No, my problem is not so much the subject matter. In the case of this book, it's a qual
♛ Garima ♛
The artwork is not clean and well-defined but it could be intentional.

The Summary of the book:

Anxiety is a wild ride...

When Chuck Mullin began experiencing anxiety and depression as a teenager, she started drawing comics to help her make sense of the roller coaster. Eventually, she found that pigeons - lovable quirky, yet universally reviled creatures - were the ideal subjects of a comic about mental illness. Organized in three sections and featuring several short essays, Bird Brain is a colle
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Bird Brain through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Bird Brain is a charming collection of Chuck Mullin's works. Her comics are deeply personal, as she documents her struggles with anxiety and depression. And hopefully writing these comics helped her own those a bit too, giving her a bit more control in her life.
These comics are chuckle working, of course. But they'll also resonate with many readers out there. And that is why this collection is so absolut
Everyone has to find a way to cope with the things that bother us in life.

Chuck's way to do this was to draw how she felt in different situations, but as a bird.

She tackles family, friends, work, anxiety. It is a tough world out there, and not all meds help the same way.

It is a bit repedetive, but that is probably because it isn't always easy to pull oneself out of the illness.

This should allow others with the same anxiety and mental health problems a good place to connect

Not a coffee table bo
Kelly_Hunsaker_reads ...
Mental Illness is a topic that isn’t discussed enough. People do not understand it. They lack empathy and are not sympathetic towards those who suffer.

About 20 years ago I struggled with depression, anxiety and panic attacks. I have been lucky in that we found a medication that works with few side effects. My son has sever anxiety as does his partner. I have so many friends and family who suffer ... many in silence. We must do better. This little graphic book is written by a young woman in Londo
Kelly Long
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely loved this book. The comics and short essays were very relatable and well written. The author gives an honest view of the struggles that anxiety and depression can throw at you.
Andrea Pole
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Bird Brain by Chuck Mullin is a detailed personal reflection on the author's experience of social anxiety and mental illness, as charmingly portrayed by pigeons. Yes, you read that correctly. Although I have not read a vast amount of material on the topic of mental illness, this is the most illuminating, honest, and personal account that I have experienced. Presented through alternating essays and comic strips, the latter featuring said pigeons, I was unprepared for just how relatable so much of ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well, I didn't expect there to be so much text. I was expecting it to be more like random snippets of a persons life so the blocks of text between transitions explaining the reason the author drew the things they drew took me out of the book and made it less enjoyable. More like a daunting life update of a person you don't even know.

The beginning made me feel incredibly uncomfortable, there is little to no positively and just the deep, dark depths of depression, Slowly we see the main character
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

I have been reading Bird Brains comics for some time now ever since I saw them pop up on my feed when they were retweeted by someone else. I fell in love with the style (the pigeon with floating eyes), but also with the comics and what they told/what they are about.

Because these comics are about mental health. In this book it is done in sections, we see how it all started, how it got worse, how things were not good, and how ther
I expected a book with just comic strips, but Bird Brain is actually interwoven with short essays. The comic strips and the text accompany each other very well and I think the amount of each is perfect. The book is focused on the mental health journey of the author. The highs, the lows, and the in-betweens.

I think that this book is great both for people who have anxiety and those who don't. It could be very beneficial for people who are not mental health aware because the comic strips really pro
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If anyone is curious about mental illness, whether it's their own or about someone they love, I'd recommend this book. Obviously, it's not a substitute for actual help or medical studies but I feel like it's a more relatable/readable version.

Jesus, just reading the foreword and it's like we are the same person. I've never been able to really talk to people about my anxiety, I've always just dealt with it myself. I definitely have never been able to articulate quite what anxiety is/feels like so
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I initially thought this was gonna be just a collection of comic strips but it ended up being equally divided between them and short essays introducing each chapter’s theme that I ended up being just as in love with.
The comic strips are so funny and to my surprise, I even recognized some of them but what made me love them were how honest and easy to identify with they were. It was also really uplifting to see the way that the illustration style and the pidgeon’s own positivity evolved throughout
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book exactly shows what I go through, what I have been through and how hard it can be sometimes. I gave it to my husband to read so I could simply show him how depression affects me. He loved it and chuckled with me at the funny pigeon. I would have never thought in a million years I’d type the words “I can relate to this pigeon on a soul level”. Highly recommend!
Jul 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
This wasn't for me. I was hoping I would like this as much as I like Sarah Andersen's books, but this just ain't it. The pigeon eyes annoyed me and I wasn't expecting there to be so much text. I don't need your life story, I just want to read funny comics. ...more
Tyler Kroon
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars! A genuine, openhearted depiction of anxiety and depression, told through comics starring pigeons and a collection of short essays from the author about her own experiences. Sweet and frank, I highly recommend this for readers looking to learn more about the ups and downs of mental health!
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Bird Brain by Chuck Mullin is a collection of comics about mental health and the struggles that happen. I found the comics to be kinda depressing but well drawn.
Thanks to netgalley for letting me read this book.
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolute joy of a book. Both serious and lighthearted. Loved it.
Heather L.
I was given a copy of this for review through Netgalley.
I was expecting more of a narrative in the comics to tell the author's experiences, but it was more individual comics with blocks of narration. I definitely think this book could be helpful for the right person at the right time.
Laci Long || Book Pairings
I recently discovered Chuck Mullin’s work on Instagram and instantly found her comics featuring pigeons to be super relatable. That’s why I was excited to pick up her book. Bird Brain is sold as a collection of comics exploring depression and anxiety, but there is also personal essay woven throughout. The book is broken into three sections - “Bad Times,” “Relationships,” and “Positivity.” Each section starts with an essay that gives you a glimpse into the creator/author’s experiences that lead h ...more
A fun but also sadly true book of comics on mental health, primarily anxiety and depression. The pigeon characters help make light of the situations, but at the same time they are stories that hit close to home. The author writes some anecdotes between pages, and it helps knowing someone has the same experiences.
Sharon Tyler
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bird Brain: Comics About Mental Health, Starring Pigeons by Chuck Mullin is a collection of brutally honest, brilliantly weird comics exploring what it’s like to live with mental illness, using pigeons. When Chuck Mullin began experiencing anxiety and depression as a teenager, she started drawing comics to help her make sense of the rollercoaster. Eventually, she found that pigeons—lovably quirky, yet universally reviled creatures—were the ideal subjects of a comic about mental illness. The book ...more
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Chuck Mullin knows a thing or two about mental illness. As someone who suffered from depression and anxiety for years, she knows the darkness and overthinking that can cause the world to close in around you. She also loves pigeons and feels a kinship to them, as birds of a misunderstood feather. So when she started creating drawings to help illustrate what she was thinking and feeling, she close to express herself with pigeons.

Bird Brain is her first book, a collection of some of the drawings t
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received Bird Brain in advance of its release, courtesy of Netgalley, in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Once that has been put out of the way, I absolutely LOVED this little book! The little comic drawings are pretty cute and funny, but there is much more in this book than just that. The little essays that where put between each part, and sometimes between drawings, the crude explanations of anxiety, it all came together to make this a perfect book for me.

Because I suffered from all th
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let me first say that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Chuck Mullin's 'Bird Brain' to anyone with even slightly hinky brain wiring. Those little floaty-eyed pidges speak about mental health issues in a way that society is still often afraid to.

I've been on meds for anxiety myself for a handful of years now. Having a brain that doesn't behave the way it should is a pain in the arse, for sure. I have friends who have helped me cope, and helped me learn that gallows humour and honesty go a long way
mad mags
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
OMG Sharon, can you not?

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley.)

Bird Brain is yet another collection of comics dealing with the unholy trifecta - anxiety, depression, and general social awkwardness - in a decade that seems to have seen an explosion of them. And I'm totally here for it! (Anxiety and depression, my companions since childhood. If only my dog friends could live as long as you!) A millennial Londoner, Chuck Mullin explores her seemingly never-endin
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