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Asylum Squad: Comic Strip 18

Sarafin is an artist and writer, studying cartooning and comic book illustration at a respected career college in Toronto, Canada. An aspiring satirist, Sarafin began ...Read More

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This comic begins with a brief description of psychosis that I composed shortly after I was starting to come out of it. I showed this page to another patient at my hospital, and he said that he felt I captured the state of mind perfectly – when we first met, he believed he was the Archangel Michael, and I thought I was the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman. After snapping out of our ill states, we’d both sigh and roll our eyes at what we had believed beforehand, whenever others brought it up.

After the intro to the psychotic state of mind, this comic aims to demonstrate how complicated these beliefs can be – often it was all downright humorous, even at the time of sickness. I felt like my brain was a network, and I was able to tap into truths about various people around me. When signs in life would prove to me that my “network” brain was lying to me (ex: I’d hear that someone was dead, and then I would see them alive in public), I’d get a deep, sinking feeling of shame, and a touch of panic. The bosom of denial prevented me from facing the horrors of realizing that I was very wrong and probably very, very ill, so I stayed in denial for quite a long time, growing all the more sicker the longer I did.

-Sarafin

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