This was inspired by a Time article by Nancy Jo Sales ( http://time.com/americangirls/ ).
I had this one sitting in my finished bin for a month, I was waiting for the right time to publish it. What happened was with the WordPress interview I thought it wasn’t directly about depression enough to be the strip that a lot of new readers would want to see as their first strip, so I kept it until things calmed down a bit. Even now I wonder if it’s the right strip to do, but as the suicide rates of young girls rises ( http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/04/22/474888854/suicide-rates-climb-in-u-s-especially-among-adolescent-girls ) … although there is no scientific link yet between the earlier hypersexualization of girls and teenage girl suicide, I am left to wonder.
In comparison to recent comics, this one was poorly received–very few likes on Tumblr and Facebook, and generated very little conversation about the subject. I expected some backlash but received none. It’s a bit disappointing, maybe I didn’t hit the target I wanted to, or perhaps it just didn’t resonate as well. Or perhaps the depression connection wasn’t there in the reader’s mind like it was in mine. I don’t know. But that’s the nature of this work, it occasionally fails, and forces me to reexamine what I do to hopefully make more poignant strips in the future.
Please read the comic here.