I’m not sure how to feel about this strip now that I’ve done it. What the reporter says in the last panel is something that I’ve had in my head for a while, but I was looking for a strip to get it out in. But the last panel does seem awkward and forced, and I’m just going to have to accept that.
This strip is quite different because I’m not actually focusing on the experience of depression but rather looking at the larger world around us and trying to determine if the world has a self-vested interest in keeping people unhappy. I understand I’m making a big jump here, especially in the first two panels, but there’s no doubt that unhappy people make better consumers and keep the capitalist gears moving.
This is the first appearance of Media (the reporter). He was initially conceived along with Society, but never appeared until now.