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