wiTHIN - by Karen McGratten, illustrated by Emily McGratten

This is a story that gives the reader a glimpse into the life of a young Karen as she reminisces about her journey from childhood to becoming a young woman while struggling with anorexia.  Karen struggles to find herself while dealing with bullying, family, spirituality and learning to live with a mental illness. This story is meant to offer the reader a greater understanding of what it meant for one person to struggle with an eating disorder, in addition to giving perspective of what it was like for her family and friends.  This is a story of desperation, helplessness, grace, and eventually, hope.

We hope this is a story that can be used to help others who are dealing with something similar in either their own life, or in the life of someone close to them.

Why A Graphic Novel?

wiTHIN is specifically created as a graphic novel for a variety of reasons.  When struggling with mental health issues, concentration, memory retention and focus are often compromised.  Through the use of illustration, we hope to aid the reader as they journey through the story with ease and potentially greater detail than if they were reading only the words on a page.

Where Can I Get a Copy?

Order a copy online (and other merchandise) here.

Guelph Public Library100 Norfolk St, Guelph, ON N1H 4J6

The Dragon55 Wyndham St. North, Guelph ON, N1H 7T8

The Bookshelf - 41 Quebec Street, Guelph ON, N1H 2T1

Comics Plus - 186 Algoma St. Thunder Bay, ON P7B 3B9

Gallery 334 Balsam StThunder BayON P7A 5M7

Stay Up to Date!!

Visit wiTHIN's website by clicking here.

For articles, interview and attended events click below:

Okanagan Art Review - September 2015 

Broken Pencil Magazine - November 2014

This Magazine - May/June 2014 publication (hard copy) 

Vancouver Comics Arts Festival (VanCAF) - May 24-25, 2014

Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF) - May 10-11, 2014

Article in Open Book: Toronto - May 7, 2014

Article in the Capilano Courier - Jan. 31, 2014

Podcast by Candy MacNeil on CFRU 99.3 - Nov. 8, 2013

Article by TBnewswatch - Oct. 26, 2013