Darryl Cunningham

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Darryl Cunningham (born 1960) is a British author and cartoonist who has written the books Science Tales (also known, in the US, as How to Fake a Moon Landing), Psychiatric Tales and The Age of Selfishness.


Cunningham graduated from Leeds College of Art in Keighley, West Yorkshire.[1] He has stated that his influences include Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and George Grosz.[2] The book Psychiatric Tales was partly inspired by Cunningham's years spent working as a health care assistant on an acute psychiatric ward in his native England, as well as his own experience with acute depression.[3]


Cunningham's books include Psychiatric Tales (2011, Bloomsbury Publishing) and Science Tales (2013, Myriad Editions). The foreword for the American edition of Science Tales, entitled How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exploring the Myths of Science Denial, was written by Andrew Revkin.[4] Psychiatric Tales received a positive review in The Observer from Rachel Cooke, who wrote that it was "an unsettling but rewarding experience."[5] Science Tales also received critical acclaim, for instance from New Scientist, who wrote that Cunningham's "charming artwork complements his concise arguments".[6] The book was also called "fantastic" by Cory Doctorow, who wrote that Cunningham "has a real gift for making complex subjects simple."[7] Cian O'Luanaigh also reviewed the book favourably, writing that it provides "an enlightening look at mental illness."[8]

Cartoons and comics[edit]

In addition to his books, Cunningham is well known for his cartoons, which have appeared on the website of Forbidden Planet, and have also been featured in the Act-i-vate collective.[2] Additionally, his biography of Ayn Rand has been featured on Io9,[9] and his strip about global warming, posted on his blog in December 2010, has been featured on Phil Plait's blog Bad Astronomy, with Plait saying that Cunningham is "careful to present the facts, and to be balanced where called for."[10] He has also created several webcomic strips, including Super-Sam and John-of-the-Night and The Streets of San Diablo.[11]


  1. ^ Fox, Killian (21 April 2012). "The talking penguin's guide to climate change". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Spurgeon, Tom (7 June 2011). "CR Sunday Interview: Darryl Cunningham". Comics Reporter. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  3. ^ McAlpin, Heller (8 February 2011). "Telling 'Psychiatric Tales' To Destigmatize Disease". NPR. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Mozzocco, J. Caleb (22 August 2013). "Comic book science with de Heer and Cunningham". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Cooke, Rachel (17 July 2010). "Psychiatric Tales by Darryl Cunningham". The Observer. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Cian O'Luanaigh (18 April 2012). "Cartoon rebuttals of conspiracy theories". New Scientist. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Doctorow, Cory (11 May 2012). "Science Tales: short comic stories about science, skepticism, evidence and woo". Boing Boing. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  8. ^ O'Luanaigh, Cian (19 July 2010). "My favourite medical graphic novels". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Davis, Lauren (29 September 2013). "Webcomic biography of Ayn Rand puts her works in context". Io9. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Plait, Phil (15 December 2010). "Comic takedown of global warming denial". Discover. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Darryl Cunningham". Blank Slate Books website. 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2013.