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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 20

Sarafin Updated: Jan 26th 2011

Asylum Squad Comic Strip 20

The second row of panels in this comic were recently redrawn. Since I was unwell at the time of at least the first 40-44 strips, a lot of the old work is really rough (my newer comics are also less wordy than these ones I've been posting - plus, art college has helped with the visual aspect). Because of the roughness of many, the ones that I feel are just too flawed to be acceptable are edited, and sometimes (such as in the case of strip # 21) they're redrawn entirely.

Also - I know there are going to be people who don't like that my belief in the influence of spirits is a major component to some of these comics. Certainly when I wrote the Liz Madder character, I had in mind a girl who is genuinely affected by a negative spirit, and who may also be schizophrenic. Ultimately though, the conditions of these characters are left open to individual interpretation. Some will say this is a comic about a bunch of schizophrenics, others will disagree. Without sounding too biased, I feel that some of what I went through, in my own life, went beyond the realm of just faulty brain chemistry, and this viewpoint will surface from time to time in the comics.

-Sarafin

 

Sarafin

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 http://www.thepsychosisdiaries.com and of course the ongoing series is available at http://www.asylumsquad.com.

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