Comics, sensemaking, and gutters: finding and losing the self in times of COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic which began in 2020 has caused people around the world to exist in a disorienting liminal space between the known and familiar of what has been, and the unknown of what will be. The writing in this chapter shifts between present thoughts and past experiences to illustrate how such disorientation manifests in the everyday, and how I’m rhythmically finding and losing my sense of self, my interpersonal connections, and my comprehension of the world—and reality—at large. I give specific focus to the potential of comics for sensemaking, the 8th prompt of the experiment, beginning with the run up to my engagement with the project before reflecting on the insights gained from taking part.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMassive/micro autoethnography
Subtitle of host publicationcreative learning in COVID times
EditorsDaniel X. Harris, Mary Elizabeth Luka, Annette N. Markham
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789811683053
ISBN (Print)9789811683046
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2022

Publication series

NameStudies in arts-based educational research (SABER)
ISSN (Print)2364-8376
ISSN (Electronic)2364-8384


  • Comics for sensemaking
  • Autoethnography
  • COVID-19
  • Liminality
  • Mental health


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