8 Great Comics About Grief (Seriously!)

Coping with Grief / Coping with Grief : Litsa Williams

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In our Friday Favorites a couple weeks ago, we shared a great BuzzFeed post of 21 Comics that Capture the Frustration of Depression. The list quickly got me thinking about grief (surprise, surprise!) and comics about grief. I love Peanuts as much as the next gal, but between Charlie Brown 'good grief' cartoons and "5 Stages of [insert anything you can think of] Grief" cartoons all over the web, true grief cartoons make for a tough google search. As our little gift to you today, we have compiled some comics about grief that we have seen and loved.

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1. Dad Dream #1 by Liz Prince

Dad Dream #1, Liz Prince

Posted on what would have been her dad's sixty-sixth birthday, Liz describes this comic saying it is: "A comic about how we try to assign meaning to things in order to cope with grief."

2. Lost vs. Loss by Paula Knight

Lost vs. Loss by Paula Knight

Paula Knight has so many great comics on the grief of miscarriage. Make sure to head over to her site to check out her comic "It Wasn't Meant to Be".

3. This is Game #18 Animal Crossing by Onesound

This comic was originally posted in a format that goes frame by frame on YTMND.com. You can check out that version here, or the assembled version below. It's long but worth it!

This is Game #18 Animal Crossing by Onesound

4. The Raccoon Story, Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

A classic!

calvin final

5 and 6. Mimi and Eunice by Nina Paley (Two Comics About Grief)

mimi and eunice by nina paley, one

Shared on mimiandeunice.com site with the caption, "Manish Acharya was one of the funniest people I knew. Missing him isn’t particularly funny, but it’s what’s on my mind right now."

mimi and eunice by nina paley, two

7.  Rosalie Lightning by Tom Hart

There are no words for the incredible comic books by Tom Hart following the death of his daughter, Rosalie. They are a must read. Seriously. You can buy the graphic novel here.

Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir by Tom Hart

8. My Friend Obsessive Thought by Liz Prince

This last Liz Prince comic isn't exactly about grief, but if you read along here regularly (or know us in real life), you will probably understand why I couldn't NOT include this on the list.

My Friend Obsessive Thought by Liz Prince

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4 Comments on "8 Great Comics About Grief (Seriously!)"

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  1. Lavonna  December 11, 2019 at 5:48 am Reply

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  3. Cindy Hoffman  January 29, 2016 at 7:17 am Reply

    Hi there Eleanor and Litsa, I was looking around for some inspirations for our next comics project when I landed on this old post. Old but gold, and talking of inspiration, I have really been inspired and I think I am goign to steal some of these ideas. Thanks a lot for sharing.

    Cindy @ http://www.alterergonomics.com

  4. Nancy Gershman  October 14, 2013 at 7:02 pm Reply

    Hey Eleanor and Litsa, congratulations on this terrific blog. My mother was also named Eveline and she died at age 57 from a pulmonary embolism unleashed by a hernia operation (in the days before pressure stockings). Anyway, what I really wanted to tell you is that Calvin’s mother became my role model. You notice how her seemingly unmotherly suggestions to Calvin always seem to achieve the results she’s after? That sense of humor now permeates the work I do at Art For Your Sake. (I co-create custom storytelling photomontages with the bereaved to counter their loss and regrets.) It’s also the motivation behind an oral history blog I’ve started where I interview comedians about their experiences with loss, meaning-making and memory: http://www.artforyoursake.com/category/nancy-gershman-tragicomedia. Drop by! N

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