Comics & Side Projects

Comic: Ana & Friends

Was backing up files on my external hard drive and realized I’d forgotten about this series I did earlier in 2016.

I basically wanted to show mental illnesses in a more nuanced way. In clockwork order they are: bipolar disorder, anorexia, addiction and anxiety. I tried to include a little symbolism with each one as well – those are dramatic masks in bipolar; I’ve used the colours of neapolitan icecream in anorexia, the negative space is the silhouette of road caution signs for anxiety and there are twelve steps (partly obscured by bottles but I drew them in!), referring to the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous in addiction.