Comics Tagged : mental health

No “Off” Switch

No “Off” Switch

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Title
No “Off” Switch
Date
June 12, 2022
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Transcript

Panel 1 : Ext. Beach – Day

Kevin sits on a beach chair on a sunny shore. Wearing an open Hawaiian shirt, he clasps his hands behind his head and smiles. His bird perches on his elbow.

Kevin
Isn’t this great? A week away from social media! No F.O.M.O. No stress…
Panel 2 : Ext. Beach – Continuous

Kevin and his bird sit in silence, soaking up the sun and surf.

Panel 3 : Ext. Beach – Continous

Another moment of quiet.

Panel 4 : Ext. Beach – Continous

Kevin’s bird turns to him.

Bird
You’re thinking of ways to turn this into content, aren’t you?
Kevin
Yes. I’m very broken.

The Procrastination Game

The Procrastination Game

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Title
The Procrastination Game
Date
May 8, 2022
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Transcript

Panel 1 : Int. Living Room – Day

Kevin sits on his couch, controller in hand, playing a video game. His bird sits next to him.

Kevin
Ugh. This game sucks.
Bird
Then why not play a game you like?
Panel 2 : Int. Living Room – Continuous

Kevin replies.

Kevin
Because if I play a game I like, I’ll get absorbed and won’t do the other things I have to do today.
Panel 3 : Int. Living Room – Continous

The bird ponders.

Bird
So why not do those other things first, then play a game you like?
Kevin
Because playing games is how I procrastinate.
Panel 4 : Int. Living Room – Continous

The bird looks concerned.

Bird
Wow, you’re all messed up, huh?
Kevin
My therapist calls me his “goldmine.”

The Breakthrough

The Breakthrough

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Title
The Breakthrough
Date
February 20, 2022
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Transcript

Panel 1 : Ext. Gotham City Rooftop – Night

Batman holds up a thug by his collar on a Gotham rooftop.

Thug
What are you?
Panel 2 : Ext. Gotham City Rooftop – Continuous

Batman growls.

Batman
I’m the victim of childhood trauma processing his emotions in an unhealthy way!
Panel 4 : Int. Therapist’s Office – Later

Batman, in full costume, lays scowling on the couch of his therapist. Sitting nearby, the therapist writes in his notepad with a patient smile.

Therapist
Excellent, Bruce! We’re making real progress here.

Your Precious Spare Time

Your Precious Spare Time

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Title
Your Precious Spare Time
Date
November 7, 2021
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Transcript

Panel 1 : Int. Living Room – Day

Kevin slouches on the couch, watching TV, scowling. The bird sits on his head.

Kevin
Ugh. This movie is awful.
Bird
Then why are you watching it?
Panel 2 : Int. Living Room – Continuous

Kevin continues

Kevin
Because everyone’s talking about it and I don’t want to be left out of the conversation.
Panel 3 : Int. Living Room – Continuous

The bird looks quizzical.

Bird
Why are you letting peer pressure decide how you spend your precious spare time? Why not do what you want?
Panel 4 : Int. Living Room – Continuous

Kevin leaves the room, looking sheepish, pulling the door closed behind him.

Bird
Oh gross!

We see Kevin is holding a box of tissues in his hand.

The Secret of My Success

The Secret of My Success

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Title
The Secret of My Success
Date
October 10, 2021
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Transcript

Panel 1 : Ext. New York City – Day

Close up on Captain America, during that famous scene in the big battle of the first Avengers movie.

Captain America
Kevin, you haven’t taken any time off from work in over a year. How are you not burnt out?
Panel 2 : Ext. New York City – Continuous

Kevin, walking away, looks back over his shoulder with a smile.

Kevin
That my secret, Cap…
Panel 3 : Int. New York City – Continuous

Closer on Kevin. Still with the cocky smile.

Kevin
…I’m always burnt out!
Panel 4 : Int. New York City – Continuous

Reverse on Kevin as he faces away from Captain America. His smile is gone. Replaced by the hundred-yard stare, heavy eyelids, and sagging mouth of someone at his wits’ end. Cap stands confused behind him.

Blue’s Clues Blues

Blue’s Clues Blues

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Title
Blue’s Clues Blues
Date
September 19, 2021
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Transcript

Panel 1 : Kevin’s Int. Living Room – Day

Kevin’s POV: Steve from Blues Clues speaks in a clip from that recent video.

Steve
And then you at you! And look at all you’ve accomplished!
Panel 2 : Int. Kevin’s Living Room – Continuous

Up angle on Kevin, who is watching the clip on his phone, derpy look on his face. The bird watches over his shoulder.

Steve (OS)
And it’s just… it’s just so amazing, right?
Panel 3 : Int. Kevin’s Living Room – Continuous

Wide angle of Kevin’s shitty bachelor apartment. Laundry on the floor. Dirty plates and trash strewn about. Unopened mail. Framed Quentin Tarantino movie posters on the wall. And that one torch lamp every dude had in the early 00s. Kevin sits slumped on the couch, in his boxers and socks, watching the video on his phone.

Bird
He’s not talking to you.
Kevin
I figured.

As Good As It Gets

As Good As It Gets

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Title
As Good As It Gets
Date
June 27, 2021
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Transcript

Panel 1 : Int. Home – Day

Kevin sits at his desk, working on his laptop. Behind him, his bird stands on its cage.

Bird
What if this is as good as it gets?
(For you, I mean.)
Panel 2 : Int. Home – Continuous

Kevin rasies an eyebrow as the bird continues.

Bird
What if you’re never as happy, healthy, or successful as you are right now?
Panel 3 : Int. Home – Continuous

Kevin looks visibly annoyed as the bird really drives it home.

Bird
What if it’s just one long, slow slide into irrelevance from here on out?
Panel 4 : Int. Home – Moments Later

The bird is in its cage. A black shroud covering it.

Bird
(from under the shroud)
Not the self-reflective type I see.

Bruce Wayne’s Dilemma

Bruce Wayne’s Dilemma

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Title
Bruce Wayne’s Dilemma
Date
June 6, 2021
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Transcript

Panel 1 : Int. Wayne Manor Study – Evening

A young Bruce Wayne looks shell-shocked. Alfred comforts him.

Alfred
Master Bruce, you’ve been through a terrible trauma…
Panel 2 : Int. Wayne Manor Study – Continuous

Alfred introduces Bruce to a friendly-looking therapist.

Alfred
…You can either talk to this nice man about your feelings…
Panel 3 : Int. Wayne Manor Study – Continuous

Alfred introduces Bruce to Ra’s al Ghul.

Alfred
…Or you can train with this scary man to beat up strangers and dress as a giant bat.
Panel 4 : Int. Wayne Manor Study – Continuous

Bruce and Ra’s are gone, leaving Alfred and the therapist.

Alfred
(to therapist)
I’m sure he’ll be fine.

It’s Not A Competition (Alt)

It’s Not A Competition (Alt)

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Title
It’s Not A Competition (Alt)
Date
April 11, 2021
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Notes

This is an alternate version of another comic I made. I made this version to see which one shared better on social media: dudes or Moms. Moms won. Moms always win.

Transcript

Panel 1 : Int. Void – Day

CLOSE on Some D-Bag bragging.

Some D-Bag
…Well, I finished writing my novel, got in shape, and learned French…
Panel 2 : Int. Void – Continuous

WIDER to reveal she’s talking to a frazzled Mom with a little kid and a baby.

Some D-Bag
…What did you get done during COVID?
Mom
(deadpan)
I took care of my kids.
Panel 3 : Int. Void – Continuous

The D-Bag shrugs.

Some D-Bag
…That’s all?
Panel 4 : Int. Void – Continuous

The D-Bag’s eyes go wide as Mom reaches off-panel for a large, ornate axe.

Talking To My More Successful Friends

Talking To My More Successful Friends

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Title
Talking To My More Successful Friends
Date
March 14, 2021
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Notes

Confession: Sometimes I have a hard time being happy for the success of my friends. Especially those working in entertainment like me. Don’t get me wrong: I’m excited for and proud of them. I admire their hard work. But there’s always this voice in the back of my head that says “why not me?” Their achievements somehow point out my lack thereof. I know a lot of folks will look at my accomplishments and say STFU. And they’re right. But this is how I think. I can’t help it and I hate it. I blame social media. And capitalism. And toxic masculinity. And myself. Whatever. It’s a whole thing.

Transcript

Panel 1 : Int. Void – Day

Kevin stands, smiling and listening to news from an off-panel friend.

Friend
…Well, the big news is I finally got a good agent…
Kevin
Wow! Congrats!
Panel 2 : Int. Void – Continuous

The off-panel friend continues. Kevin’s smile widens.

Friend
…Who found a publisher for my children’s book…
Kevin
Amazing! Congrats!
Panel 3 : Int. Void – Continuous

The off-panel friend continues. Kevin’s smile begins to bend unnaturally.

Friend
…Which Netflix is making into a series!
Kevin
Congraaats!
Panel 4 : Int. Void – Continuous

Kevin’s smile has contorted into something grotesque.

Friend
Um… are you okay?
Kevin
(droning)
Congraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

How I Feel Every Valentine’s Day

How I Feel Every Valentine’s Day

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Title
How I Feel Every Valentine’s Day
Date
February 14, 2021
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Transcript

Panel 1 : Int. Home – Day

Sarah sits on a stool. On a nearby table, Instagram walks up.

Instagram
Why so sad?
Sarah
I’m alone on Valentine’s Day. Again.
Panel 2 : Int. Home – Continuous

Instagram makes an offer.

Instagram
Wanna see pics of your friends in happy relationships?
Panel 3 : Int. Home – Continuous

Sarah stares blankly at Instagram.

Panel 4 : Int. Home – Continuous

Instagram starts walking away, beckoning Sarah to follow.

Instagram
Yeah, y’do. C’mon!

Sarah sighs.

Feed Me

Feed Me

Strip Info

Title
Feed Me
Date
February 10, 2021
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Transcript

Panel 1 : Int. Home – Day

Kevin sits at his desk working. Instagram steps out on the table behind him.

Instagram
Hey. I’m hungry.
Kevin
I just fed you yesterday!
Panel 2 : Int. Home – Continuous

Instagram gets indignant.

Instagram
Do you want to grow your audience or not?
Kevin
Yeah, but… c’mon- I’m tired!
Panel 3 : Int. Home – Continuous

Instagram hops up on Kevin’s chest, grabbing him by his collar.

Instagram
Well maybe you should’ve have attached your self-worth to the likes I GIVE YOU.
Panel 4 : Int. Home – Later

Kevin sits at his computer, drawing another comic, crying. His bird sits on his shoulder.

Bird
I mean, he’s not wrong.
Kevin
(sobbing)
I know.