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Viivi Rintanen

The Other Mother

Counting to ten doesn’t always help. Many parents cannot control their anger and become rough or violent towards their own children. This episode is based on Elina’s experience as a mother who struggles with aggressive impulses towards her daughter. After one particularly moving experience she starts to take responsibility of her actions. But how can she protect her offspring from the violence and fear she was brought up with?

The Other Mother is an episode 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 Other Mother / Comics about Madness 2018

Idea: Elina

Script and art: Viivi Rintanen

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