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It's Lonely at the Centre of the Earth: This Book Is for Someone, Somewhere.

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Battling isolation and suicidal thoughts through the Covid-19 pandemic, she focuses on concrete goals: attending a comic book convention in London, meeting an online crush in the U. The most helpful thing for me was reading Changing Our Minds, a lesbian feminist book critical of psychiatry and therapy. It follows the author during six months of her life as she struggles with suicidal depression, meaning that there isn’t really a storyline, as the point is to simply show what it is like in her head during that time. No, that sounds trite but the idea of letters colliding into a statement that will give a feeling is pretty cool at least, right?

This combines with the hubbub of internal voices through which she constantly second-guesses herself, a technique which reminded me more than anything of the bickering personality elements in – a comparison I doubt Thorogood will welcome, though I still think it's a masterpiece of comics craft if not politics - Dave Sim's Guys. In this autobiographical graphic novel, creator Zoe Thorogood offers an honest look at what her depression feels like and how it affects her life and her relationships with others.one of the obvious reasons that this book didn't work for me is bc it's a graphic novel and ig those are just not for me. This is the sort of book I'm going to have to read over and over, and take another look at every once in a while to help digest it. Thorogood elevates the dark material with her expressive use of the comics medium and the urgency of her voice. I think this book accomplished its purpose of documenting Thorogood’s life as she tried to get her shit together. What we are gathered for here today is to celebrate Zoe Thorogood and It’s Lonely at the Centre of the Earth, her marvelous ‘ auto-bio-graphical novel’ that deals with art, depression, suicide, and just living a life.

it was relatable to the point that it was painful and all consuming and in all honesty i wanted to dnf at multiple points.A miserable autobiographical indie comic where one of the things the creator is disgusted with about herself is being the sort of person who makes miserable autobiographical indie comics, "Perpetuating our own bullshit, and validating our audience's bullshit at the same time. To use the form, its tools, its possibilities and its potential in so many disparate ways to reflect mood, mindset and reactions to environment is the mark of an artist with the keenest understanding of the canvas of the comics page. At the same time, I do believe creative expression is really helpful, so maybe people will read this and channel their own negative emotions into art. That Thorogood portrays all this in a graphic vernacular that we not so much read as absorb only makes it all the more powerful.

Thorogood’s courageous honesty is supported by her hilarious deadpan humor and then tied all together by her absolutely insane artistic vision. This graphic novel contains the best depiction I've seen about depression in a graphic novel so definitely read the trigger warnings as there are also mentions of self-harm, suicide, and substance abuse. Thorogood has had, albatross-like, this label hung around her neck, and probably not very helpfully for someone at the start of her career.I ako zanemarimo nekolicinu mladalačkih ('self-indulgent') krindž momenata, bilo je emocionalno uživanje probijati se kroz ovu knjigu kao kroz neku džunglu, gde ne znam šta se sledeće krije u dubini.

This isn’t a light read, but Thorogood blends the harsh introspections with gallows humor and slapstick fun that keeps this bouncing forwards and impossible to put down. So she decides to create animal-selves and other characters that she engages with, dialogues with, argues with. The art is fantastic, pivoting between styles and alternating between bright colors to black and white ink frames in a way that feels akin to the ups and downs of moods when struggling with depression. I was touched by this a lot, remembering how I used to leave paintings with favorite poems written on them on trees around my town. Because the narrative is so very focused on the author and her often suicidal thoughts, the ending could only ever go in one of two ways, fortunately it ends with the author trying to dig herself out of the self-regarding hole she's dug herself into rather than the more permanent and tragic one.This subject matter isn't easy to talk about, because these very real thoughts process through each brain different, making you feel and do things, and it's not always easy to say why.

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