A comic reflecting on the rolling crises of the devastating 2019–2020 Australian bushfires, followed by coronavirus restrictions and the months-long pandemic lockdown in Melbourne, Victoria. And how despite the overwhelming hugeness of the disruptions, stress and loss of life — turning my focus to small local pockets of life, resilience, kindness and mutual-support was a lifeline and a way to maintain agency, connectedness and hope.
This comic will be published in the 2021 anthology* “Covid Chronicles” by Graphic Mundi of Penn University Press.
*The comics in this collection have been generously donated by their creators. Proceeds from the sale of this volume are being donated by the publisher to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation in support of comics shops, bookstores, and their employees who have been adversely affected by the pandemic.
Thinking about my daily mental health struggles and how it’s a lot like having a death metal band going off as soon as I’m conscious. I try to keep them in check with craft, art and writing. And the whole situation and combo made me think of #strongbad so this comic is a bit of an #homage #decoupage #strongbademails #mentalhealth #mentalillness #anxiety #selfsoothing #craft #panicdisorder © Sarah Firth.