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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 45

Sarafin Updated: Oct 5th 2011

Asylum Squad Comic Strip 45

This is the first comic I drew after my discharge from the psych hospital. "No more nurses, no more drugs! No more psych ward's angry thugs!" is of course a parody of the old schoolyard chant, uttered on the last day of school: "No more homework, no more books! No more teacher's dirty looks!" This is also one of a handful of comics I tend to use as an example of the overall series, because of how it highlights many of the serious issues with the particular hospital I was staying in (CAMH's 1001 Queen, Toronto). Recently, I was invited to a medical consultation in Edmonton, Alberta, to represent a project I'm involved in called the Speakers Series, where ex-inpatients of CAMH's schizophrenia program speak to the staff of these wards about their lives since treatment, and what they'd like to see improved upon for the inside. During my presentation, I displayed this comic on the screen beside the podium I spoke from. (The consultation wasn't just about mental health services, but also for services available for treatments ranging from fibromyalgia to leukemia.)

-Saraƒin

 

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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