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The Depression Trilogy Part 1

In The Depression Trilogy , the main character Susu suffers from severe depressive episodes. She describes her inner world closely and poetically, representing vividly the feeling of loosing oneself within the illness. Her thoughts are based on the texts written by the storyteller during an extended stay at a mental facility and other stages of her life. The hauntingly beautiful series shows how a prolonged depression can feel like a lifelong partner that comes and goes like a slow wave.

The following episodes are published here during the next weeks.

The Depression Trilogy is a part of Comic about Madness -webcomic . The story was written and drawn by a Finnish comic artist & art educator Viivi Rintanen  and produced via her storyteller method. In this simple, inclusive method, readers send the creator stories of their real-life experiences of madness or mental illness. Rintanen scripts the stories with the storytellers and draws them into webcomics according to their wishes. The final comics are published in her Comics about Madness -blog (with English subtitles). Rintanen, her storytellers and the webcomic have a common goal: the blog’s aim is to reduce the stigma of madness, which is a severe social issue even in Finland. These webcomics work also as approachable peer support material and an educational aid for people working in the medical field.

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The Depression Trilogy ⅓: Half-Minded / Comics about Madness 2016

Idea: SusuPetal

Script and art: Viivi Rintanen

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