depression comix #308

This is actual hate mail I received around the time I did this. I tried to keep it as word for word as possible, because hate mail is really hard to fake. If you do a blog on depression, or write a post on a forum about your depression, these kinds of responses happen quite often. They’re usually from people who are in pain themselves which is always kind of ironic. Over the last five years I have gotten so many of these they are just water off a duck’s back but if you’re starting out these hate mails can hurt motivation quite a bit. I think all voices are important when we talk about depression, but not if they are intended to hurt or silence other people. I will get more hate mail in the future, so this is a problem that is not easy to solve.

In fairness, I don’t think the original sender was a happy person. Happy people don’t send messages calling complete strangers assholes for doing nothing to them. I think there’s another type of person who would: the person who believes that they should be happy, that everyone should be happy, but deep down, they are unhappy. This is the kind of person who would likely lash out at someone for being unhappy for disrupting their world view, unaware that they are really suffering similarly. Seeing their own unhappiness in others makes them way too uncomfortable. But as this mail is anonymous, this is only guesstimation.

Figuring out how to show this took a bit of thinking, it was originally going to be two people talking about the mail but it made for a crowded strip because there is so much dialogue. I’m also struggling to draw this character, but I will get it right someday.

You can read the strip here ->


    I still find it amazing that a work like yours would result in such hostility from a complete stranger. I really hope you don't get discouraged by those types of responses. I know it would be very difficult for me to deal with it. Stay strong and remember that there are many more people who appreciate your work than there are people who want to criticize it.

    FML | 2 years ago Reply

      I don't, really. I've been doing webcomics close to 20 years now, and I know that disagreements are actually useful to make better comics. It's a strategy I used in Sexy Losers and it's something I carry today.

      clay | 2 years ago Reply

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