Welcome to my new blog on depression comix. It was recently suggested to me that I should have more of a presence on the depressioncomix.com site, which until now has more or less been just the comics and nothing else. Usually with online comics you get rants, commentary, discussion, etc but I’ve been just happy leaving the comics up there and see how people interpret them for themselves, and jumping in the comments when necessary. Most of the comics actually do have commentary, they appear in various places but not in the main site itself or on the depressioncomix Tumblr. They appear mostly in personal blogs or my portfolio site at claycomix.com . But for the most part, I’ve tried to keep the site as impersonal as the characters in the strip.
With this blog, I hope to change all that, and include the reader more. This blog will be mirrored on Tumblr and Facebook, with notes on Twitter. The depressioncomix.com site will still be the best place to read the strip, and I’m constantly doing things to try and improve the reading experience there.
Since this is a personal blog, I can tell you about something that’s on my mind recently, and that’s the passing away of Justin Carmical, a YouTube personality and games enthusiast who died on January 23rd. It’s a terribly sad thing that caught a lot of people off guard and I personally extend my condolensces to his wife, family, friends, and of course all the fans who loved him. A lot of people are asking “Why?” and it’s not a question that can be answered to anyone’s satisfaction. He left no signs, no hints (according to press reports), no warnings. And depression has taken another one of us away.
If anything, this story should scare the living dayligts out of us. Any one of us, under a facade of smiles and friendliness could be living a hellish life of quiet desperation, needing help but unable to ask for it or to even show a whisper of the pain they feel inside.
It’s difficult to understand the terror of the flames until you feel them licking at your feet yourself. Let’s not judge those who suffer and decide that its no longer tolerable, instead, let’s judge ourselves for making it so difficult to ask for help.