What You Fear

April 11th, 2017, 1:06 am

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bomango November 19th, 2017, 1:07 am
(reposted from Patreon):

I meant for this to be a Monday comic update, but held off awhile longer to get this one closer to "right".
(I promise, this story won't be perpetually heavy-handed or ominous all the time. Bear with me, we'll get through the tough spots!)

I've struggled with anxiety most of my life, and though that sort of thing generally manifests in fairly benign flights of irrational excitability or weird fits of anti-social dread, there are moments where the Fear overwhelms your senses. There can be reasons (or triggers, if you like), but the "fight or flight" mechanism inside of you is capable of taking you to places you might never have thought possible. Before I finally got serious about seeking treatment--after years of "it's not that big a deal" rationalizing--I had the displeasure of experiencing some terrific episodes of wild, debilitating paranoia that had a rather profound effect on me.

I don't want to oversell the importance or drama of this particular scene. This isn't a novel or unique demonstration of the narrative impact of fear, anxiety, or trauma. But I did want to share a small amount of my own perceptions of it from being in that place where reality starts to become shady and distant while still closing in on you, and what you fear distorts what's actually in front of you.

Anyway, like I said, we won't always be in tough spots like this. The ride is long and we've only just begun :)

More soon!