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Sarafin, author of the Asylum Squad web comicAsylum Squad
a comic about four characters who appear to be suffering from what looks like schizophrenia

Asylum Squad Comic Strip 15

Sarafin Updated: Nov 17th 2010

Asylum Squad Strip 15

I based Liz's experiences with automatisms on my own. Many years before I became psychotic, I had experienced similar strange, frightening things with ouija boards, but at that point in time, I was wise enough (or maybe just shaken up enough) to stop using them. This wasn't so when I started using a makeshift ouija board for many hours each day, every day, for about four weeks, in the summer of 2006. It was only after that kind of regular activity that I became psychotic.

If automatisms were indeed what mucked me up, I'm sure glad that the resulting psychotic experience happened to me at an older age than when I was 15 - I think I would have been too weak to go on if I became that ill as a young teenager.




Sarafin is a Toronto-based artist and writer, a student of illustration, and a self-described psychiatric survivor. She currently writes and draws a webcomic entitled 'Asylum Squad', which exemplifies the psychotic experience, satirizes psychiatry, and parodies drug culture. You can now view all of The Psychosis Diaries strips at and of course the ongoing series is available at

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