ask-fire-arctic-gemstone asked: having read your comics since being introduced to them about two years ago it has helped clarify many things. I suffer from depression but for the longest time I didn't know what it must be like to those dealing with me in trying to help what it was like. this put some insight. so it helped me push to communicate more. and use this sight to help educate my friends (in a well meaning way) help me and learn themselves. THANK YOU
I’m glad that you’re being able to communicate more, it’s such a difficult thing to do. Myself, I imagine if it’s difficult to live with myself, it must be difficult for other people to live with me too, and I have been getting better at acknowledging that. Good luck and thank you for the kind words.
snoca asked: Hi! I really admire your work. If it's not too personal, may I ask how you manage to stay creative with depression? I find it very inspirational that you manage to continue drawing. I want to draw more but I become creatively bankrupt when I'm low.
Thank you for the question. What I find the most difficult is to get the pencil moving in the first place. Once I’ve started on something it’s usually easier to continue with the momentum but that blank page is too intimidating to me.
Since I can’t really control my moods, I try to do what I can with the mood I have. For that reason, I always carry around with me three books.
Book #1 isn’t actually a book but an envelope containing the manga paper I use to draw the final version of the strip. Book #2 is a sketch book I use when I want to draw anything, including character sketches. Book #3 is an idea book, where I keep ideas for strips. Now the nice thing about the idea book is that I don’t force myself to draw accurately or even well, I just have to get the idea down on paper somewhere so I can work on it more fully in one of the other two books.
I guess this third book is the key. It’s where I put in all my inspiration during those times it flows. During the times when inspiration is not working for me I can pull an idea from this book and work with it. I am basically using my creative periods only to create, and using my not so creative periods to draw from the well.
I don’t know if you are near a Muji, but they have great stationery for idea books, and I’ve been using them for years. Cheap, newspaper pulp paper bound with staples so one doesn’t get New Sketchbook Anxiety.
Anyways, that’s how I do it, I’m sure other people have their own advice for it and will share it below.
mysticmajesties asked: So I was just wondering if drawing makes you feel any better if you are feeling depressed. I am depressed and when i'm in a funk i pick up my sketchbook or my guitar and it helps me at least get my mind off of whatever is paining me. What about you?
Not for me, when I’m in a funk I hate everything I draw and none of the chords sound right. It just reminds me how terrible I am. What does help is playing with children and babies, that usually picks me up. Although in the back of my mind, I’m always thinking, “I hope you never grow up to feel the way I do.”
I’m glad you find something that helps, though.
nehaiya asked: as a person who ocassionally attempts to draw I just want you to know that your visualization of such abstract feelings, thoughts, processes is amazing, especially when they're so overwhelming in reality. I may have told you this before, but you are an inspiring artist in more ways than one. thank you.
Thank you, that’s a very flattering thing to be called “inspiring”. I can’t say how effective the work is, especially to non-sufferers, but I’m glad that people find some kind of value in this. Thank you.
dienachtmahr1995 asked: Your comics are brilliant and thought-provoking! I suffer from depression, as well as my significant other. We're...going through a very tough time now (I don't wish to say what's going on exactly because it's a bit private). Sometimes I feel rather hopeless and I'm scared of losing them, and we're in the very very very beginning of a relationship. I want to try and hold on, but sometimes I feel like I'm wasting my time. But I found your comics/blog and I feel a bit better. Thank you.
It is very difficult to get into a relationship when you’re suffering from depression, as certain problems crop up, such as the self-esteem problem and the feeling of emptiness that can sometimes drown out any feelings of happiness or love. I wish you good luck, and try your best to remember at all times that you truly care for each other and you find tremendous value in each other.
manifest-destinies asked: these comics are really relatable and i think you're doing something really great by putting them out there!! thank you
Thank you for the kind words. Especially this week, when my motivation seems to be running low. Hearing it is good :)
putdrawingsonmybody asked: I actually have a very small piece of advice for people looking into medication for pretty much anything that might be worthwhile sharing with your readers. I say never look up what you've been prescribed until 2-3 weeks after you start taking it. That way you have enough time for it to build up in your system and show any possible side effects, without giving them to yourself from a placebo effect.
Some people might be comfortable doing this, personally, I prefer to understand what the drug does before ingesting it. Some drugs have the potential to make the condition worse and even make one suicidal, so I want to be aware of the risks and be prepared for them. I can’t say which is right for everyone, which is why I’d rather not get into advice in this blog and just recommend talking to a doctor.