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Viivi Rintanen

The Last One in the Queue

Who is truly crazy: you, the institutions processing scattered fragments of information or the whole system?

This is a tragicomic story of a man who gets stuck in the welfare society’s bureaucracy. In this tale you hear the voices of actual mental health service users in Kymenlaakso area, Finland. They were collected by Katja Lemberg, who runs Kasvavat ry, a Finnish peer support organisation for (mental illness) rehabilitees.

The Last One in the Queue is an episode is a part of Comic about Madness -webcomic . The story was written and drawn by a Finnish comic artist & art educator Viivi Rintanen and produced via her storyteller method. In this simple, inclusive method, readers send the creator stories of their real-life experiences of madness or mental illness. Rintanen scripts the stories with the storytellers and draws them into webcomics according to their wishes. The final comics are published in her Comics about Madness -blog (with English subtitles).

Rintanen, her storytellers and the webcomic have a common goal: the blog’s aim is to reduce the stigma of madness, which is a severe social issue even in Finland. These webcomics work also as approachable peer support material and an educational aid for people working in the medical field.

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The Last One in the Queue / Comics about Madness 2016

Idea: Katja Lemberg & Kasvajat ry’s clients

Script and art: Viivi Rintanen

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