Jack & Lucy, a free comic by Rachael Smith and Jacob Phillips, tackles teen mental health issues

Jack & Lucy Promotional PosterJack & Lucy is a 16-page free mini comic written by Rachael Smith, illustrated by Jacob Phillips (editor of The Mancunian Way, a small-press magazine celebrating all things Manc through illustration, writing, design and photography), edited by Tim Pilcher, and designed by Jim Devlin.

Launched at Oldham Comic Con last weekend, Jack & Lucy tells the story of two troubled teens who help each other figure out their problems and is released in Mental Health Awareness Week (14th – 20th May 2018).

Jack & Lucy Sample Art

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, this year for Mental Health Awareness Week, the focus is on stress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.

Barking by Lucy Sullivan

Barking by Lucy Sullivan

Jack & Lucy isn’t the only mental health-related comic in the spotlight right now. Lucy Sullivan’s Barking is a distinctive exploration of mental health crisis and is currently crowdfunding at Unbound Books here.

Jack & Lucy is free! You only need to pay postage and packing which comes to 92p. Barginous! Buy it here on Etsy

• For more on Mental Health Awareness Week visit the official site here

• Over on Broken Frontier, Andy Oliver has posted an article linking to a number of comics Resources for Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 – from Rachael Smith to Keiler Roberts, Robert Wells to Lucy Sullivan and beyond. Any relevant material covered at Broken Frontier is all tagged in one place here. You can also follow the Twitter hashtag here for a wider coverage of the event online

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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