Recent Wren strips have shown her to be almost unnaturally understanding of the hoops Robin puts her through, but I thought it would be important to show that Wren is still a human being who does have chips in her armor.
Wren’s position in the strip was suggested to me by my friend Umi who recommended instead of only showing the negativity within relationships with depressed people that I have a kind of role model, someone who can show what a positive relationship can look like. Unfortunately I think I erred too much, because such people are actually quite rare.
So what I wanted to see was a Wren who was supportive but still acknowledges her own feelings. The actions of depressed people can sometimes hurt us unintentionally, even when we understand on some rational level that it is not the person but the illness. That knowledge does nothing for the pain, however.
I hope that now Wren will become a better model, as it is important to be supportive yet still acknowledging your own pain. The support sometimes needs support too. This isn’t to detract from the suffering of the depressed individual, but understand that people who support and give care to sufferers need a hand too. It ain’t easy.
On the art side, it’s really difficult to make these self-narrative strips interesting. I do try to stop this strip from being a series of talking heads and I need to try for more variation in the camera angles used.
To see the strip, please click here: http://www.depressioncomix.com/posts/297/