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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 27

Sarafin Updated: Apr 8th 2011

Asylum Squad Comic Strip 27

Automatic handwriting was a practice I indulged in for a very long time. Though I doubt my doctors would agree, I believe it's sufficient evidence to suggest the presence of a second entity. It began one night, in my mother's house in the country, after I had just moved in with her. I smoked a little bit of marijuana, and suddenly, my hand lurched forward on its own, and started to mime a gesture that suggested a hand clicking a writing pen. When I figured out the meaning of the gesture, my hand gave me a thumbs up sign, so I picked up a pen and allowed my hand to write messages on its own across a large pad of paper. It was one of the most surreal moments of my life - the messages came out smoothly, and didn't seem based on any lingering thoughts in my mind.

Eventually, I learned that to get better (no matter what the source of the messages), I had to stop allowing "it" to speak through me - through my vocal chords, through my writing, through any means of communication I had come to establish with my little friend. I had to change the way I think, and not allow my mind to linger and connect with the rhythms of sounds and music around me, as use of rhythm was another way I had learned to communicate with it. It's been a lot of hard work, and was often extremely frustrating on many levels. But all these experiences made me a much tougher cookie, and I take little for granted anymore. I have an inner serenity I lacked before all this began.

This strip is based on some of the interesting messages I got from automatic handwriting about "the afterlife". I don't take the actual information seriously anymore, but a lot of it has been useful for creative pursuits!




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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