Grant, Shauna. Cry Baby. http://www.shaunadraws.com/cry-baby/
This short autobiographical webcomic addresses Grant’s struggles with anxiety ad depression. It is drawn in a manga style, which is meant to embody Grant’s own vision of herself: she is a happy, girly black woman with inner strength, just like the characters often drawn in manga comics. Using a manga animal sidekick, she is able to literalize her internal monologue about depression and anxiety into a conversation, thus allowing for a more accurate portrayal of her daily experience, in which her conversations with her therapist, and the ensuing medicalization of her condition, is present, but not a majority of the narrative. This comic is similar to other webcomics that deal with issues of depression and anxiety, such as Hyperbole and a Half.
Taylor, Whitney. Finding Your Roots. https://thenib.com/finding-your-roots
This autobiographical webcomic traces Taylor’s hair journey, from her childhood to her use of relaxers starting in her teenage years, to her eventual transition as an adult to natural hair. She blends anecdotal evidence with historical background, explaining the history of beauty standards and beauty products and their relationship to black hair care. Taylor also discussed generational differences in hair care and opinions about hair, using her mother and grandmother as examples. Interestingly, she also touched on the role that the internet and social media have played in the movement towards natural hair and away from relaxers; not only has social media inspired, through hair envy and promulgation of selfies, the adoption of natural hair, it has also offered a virtual community and network of support for women making the transition from relaxers to natural hair.
Taylor, Whitney. The Myth of the Strong Black Woman. https://thenib.com/the-myth-of-the-strong-black-woman-d8e6c4492053
In this webcomic, Taylor explores the myth itself, defining it and what it is meant to encompass. She the turns around and addresses its inaccuracies, explaining how societal strain and institutional racism sap any strength that black women might have. She uses this new understanding of the myth to advocate for black women to seek out mental health care, acknowledging historical reasons to be skeptical, and even afraid, of medical institutions, but pushing for their necessity nonetheless. Taylor’s simple, straightforward cartoon style is refreshing, allowing her message to easily come through.