The Adventures of Apparently-Anyone-Can-Do-It-If-They-Just-Try Bug! (2019)
The Adventures of Apparently-Anyone-Can-Do-It-If-They-Just-Try Bug! (AKA The Adventures of A-Bug!) is a graphic novel that explores experiences of mental distress through the story of a Christmas beetle named Leah Onnerback, a university student at an institution predominantly for ants. Leah is labelled ‘unbalanced’ as she is constantly getting stuck on her back. This metaphor for mental distress allowed me to work through the feelings of inadequacy that stemmed from being at an unempathetic institution and I hope it can do the same for others.
OUR HERO IS NAMED LEAH ONNERBACK.
SHE'S A HIGH-FLYING, BUTT-KICKING CHRISTMAS BEETLE AT FORMIC UNIVERSITY! SHE'S OUT TO GET HER DEGREE, BUT SHE'S UP AGAINST A UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION, DEADLINES, AND INSECTS WHO JUST CAN'T MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS... NOT TO MENTION HER LITTLE PROBLEM OF ALWAYS GETTING STUCK ON HER BACK.
WILL SHE MAKE IT TO HER MISANTHROPOLOGY LECTURE ON TIME? WILL SHE MANAGE TO HAND IN ALL OF HER ASSIGNMENTS? FIND OUT, AS SHE FUMBLES AND STUMBLES HER WAY THROUGH THE SURREAL WORLD THAT IS HER LIFE.