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Bird Brain: Comics About Mental Health, Starring Pigeons

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  34 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 c
Paperback, 144 pages
Expected publication: November 19th 2019 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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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 a
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.

Kelly ...
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 wo
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
Laura Ungureanu
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 illn
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 rea
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 thro
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!
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 collec
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 wer
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
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/fe
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The two words that made me grab this book were- Anxiety and graphic novel. The concept behind the book was very thoughtful. Bird brain is an anthology of anxiety, depression and coping up with it. The dilemmas one goes through it has been explained in detail. The book is spaced out with traditional writing of the author's own experience and pigeon comics. The sketches itself help to connect with the character. not very precise perfect painting but like doodles, one would in generally draw (I am ...more
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-ending battle with anxiety and dnot?
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
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Half comic, half written, this book is a self reflection by the author on their life dealing with mental illness. It is both heartbreaking, and heartwarming. In general, it showed the many facets of Mullin's mental illness, and it will certainly be relatable in parts to some.

It was also humorous in parts, and that helped relieve some of the tension within the book itself. I think using a pigeon relating back to a story they tell, was well done. It flows in a way that really works. Mullin also t
Book Pairings (Laci Long)
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of the Instagram account Chuck Draws Things for a long time. As someone who struggles with anxiety, I found a lot to relate to, and sharing drawings of cute little pigeons often made it easier to share my struggles with friends and family rather than just bringing it up out of nowhere. The comics in Bird Brain really cover every part of what it's like to live with anxiety- the struggles that arise, how it impacts relationships with others, and the joy of making progress and comin ...more
"It's weird but there's something reassuring about projecting yourself onto something generally disdained and getting an encouraging response to it."

Part memoir, part reflection, and all pigeon. This is a lovely collection of comics starring Mullin's anxious pigeon as it wades through depressive cycles and awkward social situations. I appreciate the attention Mullin has brought to her own mental health through these comics, which will hopefully be helpful to the millions of folks out there
** I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. **

Just like the author, I too love pigeons and scoff with other people call them sky rats. This book is a combination of drawings of pigeons experiencing bouts of anxiety and the author writing about her own mental health struggle. This was a quick read, but still very enjoyable. I identified with the pigeons in some of the cartoons, and while some of the comics are more light-hearted, some of the short stories fro
Jenn Adams
Received an eARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

I went into this expecting just a compilation of comics, so I was mildly surprised by the extent of the text portions, but not put off. Anxiety/depression are very important topics and I am glad that this comic/book exist. However, I was personally a little underwhelmed with the actual content of the comic. Apparently enough people enjoy the comic enough that this made it to book stage, and that's great. But none of it
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this extremely relatable, honest and funny book, Chuck Mullin talks about depression, anxiety, self-care, and other aspects of everyday life in a very touching way. As a person who's suffered from depression and anxiety for a long time, this book felt very real in its portraying of what you feel (and don't feel) during these times. I'd definitely recommend this to people who would like to understand or empathize more with a loved one who has suffered / is currently suffering from mental illne ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was hella relatable and I kept saying "me. Yep, also me. Definitely me." pretty much every page. I wasn't a huge fan of the art style, but that's completely subjective. I also wish the positive and negative ones had been mixed together because reading the first half all at once was a major downer. My anxiety is pretty well managed, but I can see that first half being a huge trigger for some people.
Chelsea (The Book Tease)
I laughed out loud at this collection of comics about a pigeon who's struggling with their mental health (aren't we all?). Having finished Sarah Andersen's comics recently, I've been searching for something to fill the void, and Bird Brain definitely has a similar vibe. There's humor and silly drawings and #relatable content, and you're supporting a female artist - what's not to like? Thanks to NetGalley for this review copy. ...more
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.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I wanted to love this book, and I kind of thought I would. Having suffered through anxiety my entire adult life, I always love these types of books. 

Unfortunately this one just didn't do it for me. While I could relate to many of these scenarios, I just didn't really enjoy them.
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.
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read an ARC.

Excellent depiction of mental health issues.
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