The 300th strip is some sort of milestone. I have never gotten 300 of anything done in my life, so this should be really kind of special for me. But the thing is, with deadlines and everything, I couldn’t spend too much time thinking about it because the deadline for #301 approaches, and #302, and #303 and so on.
So what to do with #300? With #100 and #200 I didn’t really do anything special. With Sexy Losers, anniversary strips were different in that they were 4th wall breakers and included as many characters as possible. But depression comix isn’t a funny comic, and I believe that kind of thing would be out of place. Same with any self-congratulatory pats on the back… believe me, I’d rather be doing a funny comic or a horror comic or something different, but depression comix is the comic I have to do. I can’t congratulate myself on that. I wish I didn’t have the experience I had to have in order to do this comic. So the best thing for me I think is to do is business as usual.
However, for this comic, I went back to old sketchbooks and looked up ideas that never got used. This idea was sketched out around the same time as #40, but I didn’t think I had the patience to draw it, and at the time I didn’t think anyone would understand it. I thought it would be a good strip for me to do for #300, because it returned me back to the mental state I was in earlier in the comic when things were more symbolic and there was less dialogue.
After it was published, people interpreted it in various ways — some positive and some negative. Some saw it as a kind of solidarity, we may seem alone but the truth is we aren’t. Some saw it as a sign that we are truly alone. For me, this was a great reaction, because the ambiguity helped create some interesting responses.
At one point I considered using “I’m alone” in different languages in final panel, but scrapped it because it was too much work.
Also, in the last panel I cheated again and used Photoshop to make the Earth look a little better and added stars. Oops.
You can read the original strip here.