23.3.09

Comforting The Panic

11 comments:

Azzamckazza said...

Wow Chris...this one is beautiful and poignant. Perfect.

Christopher Downes said...

Thanks, mate!

Josie said...

Dearest B,
Just like Chris, I wish there was something that I could do to help, that REALLY helped!
If I could, I'd trade places with you. Or just take some of that pain for a moment . . .
Thanks for drawing this Chris and showing it's like to be trapped under the ice!

Dojang said...

mustn't have been an easy comic to make.

moving work.

Christopher Downes said...

I think as tough as this was for me to make, it's tougher for Briony to actually live with. Thank you guys for your great comments and support!

Anthony Woodward said...

A great way to give an insight into what it must be like for both of you. I was lucky enough to see you complete drawing that second page ;)

Anonymous said...

Chris, you nailed "fear" so vividly. You put a face to what panic looks and actually feels like. I felt "smothery" just seeing the image of a person scratching at the ice. The most terrifying part is that person is our "B".

Bernard Caleo said...

Dear Chris,

it was great to see your presentation of the 'Diary thus Far' on the weekend, and to watch you actually working on this piece (story? portrait?) at Comic Camp, but to see the two pages presented together is very powerful. The framing and shading and light on page two make that scene incredibly poignant.

Very well handled.

Yours,

Bernard

Laura J. said...

Chris, You've done an incredible job in all of your comics of capturing an essence of your personality and the emotional connections inherent in your life. Like Briony, I also suffer from panic attacks, and it feels a lot like exactly how you're depicting it. It's nice to know how well you empathize and I'm sure that Briony appreciates it, even when you cannot help in any other way. Keep it up!

plebgrrrl said...

*hugs for you both*

Bee the Comics Widow said...

Thanks to everyone for the supportive and understanding comments. Having an anxiety disorder is not something I reveal too often to others but it was really lovely to see how Chris expressed his side of the story. It helps so much to know you're not alone (I think I read once that at least 5% of Australians have some kind of chronic anxiety) and to also have a partner who accepts you for who you are - kookiness and all :)