Hey y’all, real talk? —
Look, it’s been a rough week in the real world. There’s so much going on in the news, it feels overwhelming—to be honest, it makes drawing this silly comic seem like a waste of time, or worse. So many people are feeling sad, frightened, angry—all three, at once or serially. I know I am. Maybe you are, too.
And it’s okay to feel all those things, at least some of the time. But it’s important to remember that you (yes, you reading this right now) are important. Your voice is important. Your story is important, and it keeps going. So if you’re overwhelmed, frightened out of your wits, or otherwise incapacitated by the news right now, read this as a nudge to remember to take care of yourself. I saw this flash past me on twitter today and thought it was useful. Maybe you will, too.
I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, but I do know that art is one of the things I do to keep from losing my mind. If reading these silly comics does for you a fraction of the good that drawing them does for me, I am glad for every minute I spend on them.
So yes, if you’re all about taking action, keep calling your Congresspeople*, keep writing postcards and placards, keep giving your money to worthy organizations. But keep yourself together, too. You are important, and you are not alone.
* if you’re lucky enough to live in a jurisdiction that has them. Mine doesn’t. You can learn more about it at dcvote.org