Kelly Bastow is a Toronto-based illustrator who publishes illustrations (some NSFW) and comics at Moosekleenex. She recently shared this powerful reminder that self-improvement can easily become a way of amplifying our critical voices if we don’t approach it with compassion. You can also find more of Bastow’s work through Patreon and Etsy.
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From illustrator and cartoonist Shannon Murphy comes Sharp Broken Glass, a comic about abuse, trauma, and moving forward.
Bad days are bad enough without piling self-criticism on top of them, but that can be an incredibly hard thing to remember when we’re in the midst of them. This comic from French illustrator Maeril is a good reminder that accepting the bad can be a helpful way to return to the good. Maeril has […]
If you need a reminder that you’re not alone, swing by Instagram to check out the many pigeon-filled creations of artist Chuck Mullin. Mullin illustrates comics filled with pigeons to share her thoughts on mental health, anxiety and self-care. Earlier this year, she spoke to The Mighty about her pigeon predilections: “It’s mainly as a […]
Memories and shame can be great fuel for our inner critics, and trying to crush them doesn’t tend to help. This comic from illustrator Jake Romano offers an alternative approach. Good memories are powerful, and they can be great armor against the negative thoughts that drag us down. In fact, a 2016 study from University […]
You know that critical voice we all have, the one that will do anything to convince you it’s absolutely necessary? Joy Taney does, and she shares her experience of it in this wonderful comic. Want to see more? You can find Joy’s work, including potentially NSFW body art, on Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter.
Some days, trying really, really hard just isn’t enough. Anxiety is unfair that way. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Setting small, achievable goals that require you to face your anxieties is a good start, and achieving them can make a serious difference. It can even help you start to overcome anxieties that feel […]
When you’re coping with mental health issues or chronic illness, taking care of your own needs can be a massive, all-consuming undertaking. So much so that it can feel like you don’t have anything left for the other people in your life. For a lot of us, that’s a source of toxic shame — the […]
As superheroes go, Deadpool is not the most inclined toward heroics. He’s a foul-mouthed mercenary who started his career as a ultra-violent villain. Since his shift to being a 4th-wall breaker, he still hasn’t been portrayed as a particularly good guy — even when he’s been shown to have a good heart somewhere under that […]
Sometimes hope is hard to come by, and rescue doesn’t seem to be coming. When that happens, it might be all we can do to hold on. As this comic from artist Lauren Baldo shows us, holding on can also be enough. Even when we don’t expect change, it can find us. You can find […]