Sunday, February 14, 2010

Soldier explores PTSD by drawing graphic novel

Glenn Fitzpatrick served in the first Gulf War, and it took him 20 years to deal with the PTSD created by seeing his friends machine gunned to death or lose their legs in explosions.

He has finally explored his PTSD through art, and has now created both a graphic novel (a book-length comic) of his experiences in the Gulf War and an exhibition of other artworks.

Bleeding Cool, a comic-book news site, tell us: "It took Fitzpatrick, 38, almost 20 years to come to terms with the post-traumatic stress he suffered and to rebuild his shattered life. Unable to find the right words to convey all that he had seen, he turned to drawing as a means of expressing himself and retrained as an artist. Now, he has produced a graphic novel about his experiences as a tank driver during operation Desert Storm and his difficult return to civilian life."

The graphic novel, Art and Mines, is now available in the UK. You can see some sample pages here.

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