That Googling Thing

The sweet embrace of unconsciousness.

With all that’s going on right now, we need to be cognizant of not just our physical wellbeing, but our mental health as well.

Case in point: when COVID-19 first settled stateside, I could not stop googling the news about it.  I’d just have to.  Next thing I know, it’s two hour later and I’ve fallen down a rabbit hole of news articles and opinion pieces.  The result?  My anxiety would spike hardcore, and I needed to get all my thoughts out there and just vent and vent and vent (mostly to my parents, who are indeed saints for dealing with me), my mind a non-stop roller coaster of awful.  And it would always be right before I’d go to bed.  The worst time to have my brain running a hundred miles per hour.

I’m not promoting ignorance.  At all.  It is important to stay informed.  But this is not being informed.  This is me racing through internet pages and internalizing everything awful, then spewing it back out.

The fact is, I need to step back.  For me to stay in one piece, I need to keep myself from this horrible habit.  I’ve been trying – a few slip-ups here and there, but for the most part, I think I’ve done okay.  I’ve learned that I need to redirect myself or physically hold myself back.  I don’t know if it’s some weird OCD thing or not – I have not been diagnosed by a professional, so I really don’t want to classify it as such.  But I do need to breathe, and back away from the Google, if I want to have any chance of coming away from the COVID-19 pandemic mentally together.

If reading the news helps keep your anxiety in check, great.  Go for it.  But I know that I can’t right now.  Because I won’t get anything from it.  My anxiety will just suffer.

So I will step back.  Breathe.  Knit.  Draw.  Whatever.

And keep moving.

 

Doctor Dot: Don’t Panic

Leave some for the rest of us, please.

I don’t understand the toilet paper thing at all.  Like, it’s toilet paper.  A roll can last for a good two weeks.  You don’t need to buy it all, right?

Just stay calm.  Buy what you need.

Doctor Dot: Wash Your Hands

Doctor Dot WILL judge you.

One thing to be said about the coronavirus: it has certainly given me plenty of material to work with.

Please, though, do as the good doctor asks.  Wash your hands.  It’s not that hard.

Dot and Friends

Dot’s going for that bogey.

The idea of Dot having some monster buddies popped in my head this past week – possibly for a future storyline – and I wanted to get their designs out on paper.

So, here they are – all hanging out and doing some mini golf.  Wanted to get a bit of levity during these trying times.

A Most Magical Trio (Kind Of)

Whatever happened here is most likely Stella’s fault.

Honestly, I just felt like drawing these guys.  And from the look of things, they’ve gotten themselves into a bit of mess with some magical pests that just won’t leave…

I did say I wanted to branch out a bit and do more with other original characters that I have, sooooo…

I don’t know if I’ve ever properly introduced these guys, now that I think about it.  From left to right, they are Thorn, Stella, and Miranda.  Thorn’s a cactus golem, while Stella and Miranda are witches (more witches, Drew?  Gasp).  Still fleshing them out, but more will come, hopefully.

Election 2020

It’s gonna be cray.

Please note: I do try to avoid talking politics whenever humanly possible.  So this will hopefully be the one and only comic touching on the presidential election this year.

But really, I can already tell, it’s going to be a weird one.  Which, truth be told, I think we have the last election to thank for that, setting a unfortunate new precedent for whatever shenanigans happen in future elections.

Whee.

Now back to your scheduled walruses.