depression comix #289

I had some drama on Tumblr a week or so ago so I did this strip. I’ve been trying to do something expressive about depression for a long time and after several failed attempts I struck gold with depression comix. But I still get a lot of complaints, both about romanticizing the illness and actually causing depression in others.  But the thing is, if you read something that you don’t want to read, why send hate to the creator? Why just not go somewhere else on the web? I don’t understand this, unless some people feel there must be some punishment for talking about these kinds of things.

This is not a new character — sometimes I go through spurts where I draw a bunch of new characters but instead of doing that I’m going to add depth to existing ones. This character was first and last seen in #230.

You can read the comic here.

2 comments

    DepCom is one of the few webcomics that does NOT romanticize mental illness; it focuses on the symptoms, the effects on those struggling as well as the people in their lives, the stigma surrounding illness, and the need for real, lasting treatment. It actually holds those of us with the illness accountable for ourselves, something I rarely see in comics about depression. Normally we are treated as frail and sensitive, needed to be wrapped in blankets and told "I love you uwu" by strangers on the Internet. Thank you for being frank and honest with this comic. This work is incredibly important, and has been a huge help and inspiration to me.

    Seanna Hundt | 2 years ago Reply

    I missed the drama on tumblr, I will have to start checking it. I agree with Seanna, DepCom certainly does not romanticize depression. For me, reading the strip is like holding up a mirror and forcing me to face my illness and all the destruction it causes. This awareness is painful, but necessary for me. My depression started at an early age, resulting in my first suicide attempt being when I was 9. Then in high school I got the bonus prize of psychosis to go along with the depression. As a result, even now after more than 30 years I am frequently not entirely sure what is real and what isn't. I regularly second guess myself and I spent years trying to believe that what I felt wasn't real. Reading DepCom validates that what I am feeling is real and gets me past the stigma so I can focus on the problem. I am so glad I found DepCom and I am grateful for the work that you put into it every week for us, Clay. I hope you don't mind my confessional about my problem, but I hope it gives some perspective about how strongly I feel about your work. As for your comment about people reading something they don't like and then complaining that they don't like it, I agree completely. It seems to be a regular feature on the internet, I don't understand it. Normal people are frequently incomprehensible to me.

    FML | 2 years ago Reply

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