Today, On Alien Monster… #37 The Bipolar Blanket Fort

Sep 18

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AlienMonster #37: May The Fort Be With You

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While sorting through the archives of Alien Monster comics, this one leapt out at me – probably because I’m having a blanket-fort-kind-of-week around here.

And seriously, who doesn’t want to hide away from the world in their own way from time to time? How many of us might choose to stay in that fortress-of-solitude, if other needs didn’t force us back into the world?

The tension between “Leave me alone, you scary intrusive overwhelming world!” and “I’m lonely – where’d everyone go?” is familiar to many introverts.  Although we’re not bipolar, thoseWhat, you couldn't have drawn me a magnifying glass, Tori? YOU SEE WHAT I HAVE TO PUT UP WITH?? conflicting drives can make us feel that way at times, especially when it comes to interactions on social media and networking.

This is part of what I love about AM.  He doesn’t just make bipolar or mental disorders in general more understandable – he makes them relatable, and therefore less alien and monstrous.  Bipolar cycles don’t make their sufferers less human, but rather cause them to experience magnified, exaggerated versions of  very “normal” human emotions, perceptions and energy levels – things we can very much relate to.

If we could find a way to smash that magnifying glass, I suspect AM would feel a lot better. Meanwhile? I hope he’s feeling a bit less monstrous and a lot more relatable today.

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What does your dream blanket fort look like?  What must-have comforts belong inside the tent?  What might drive you into it, what would eventually draw you out of it? Answer these or any other similar questions, and get your very own comment blanket fort!

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6 comments

  1. Maureen miller /

    @Whizmo on Twitter

    I live surrounded by a forest & my home becomes a fortress. Usually dragons are what drive me in to my fortress.
    AKA grumpy people who use me as their sheild.

  2. @christybower on Twitter

    Hmm. Blanket fort…I envision myself sitting under my desk eating chips and salsa, watching Star Wars movies over and over again as I contemplate how close I am to going over to the dark side. In fact, I really do watch Star Wars over and over when I’m in that state of mind. I usually have to be bribed to come out of my blanket fort. If no one else bribes me, I’ve been known to bribe myself.

  3. Tori Deaux /

    @Maureen: A blanket fort, for hiding from dragons!

    @Christy: Ohh chips and salsa and StarWars! Can a blanket fort contain so much awesome?

    (Not sure why this reply was stuck in the que, but it was. Sorry about the delay on your forts)

  4. My office is sometimes my blanket fort. Nobody comes in here but the cats and it virtually has no phone. My other blanket fort is my bed. It’s the more Forty of the forts! What’s driven me there lately is this move that I’m in the middle of and can’t wait to get over with!

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