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It's Lonely at the Centre of the Earth: This Book Is for Someone, Somewhere.

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but well if i get to the personal stuff- i don't think there was ever a right time for me to read this book.

Instead she seems determined to try and form relationships with others based on a persona that seems to actively sabotage any chance of relationships ("Sorry for being weird").If you are ever looking for a book that serves as the ultimate example of comics that do things that only comics can then this should be your go-to tome. A robot devoid of any emotion who understands everything that happens around you, yet you don't care about any of it. Work like this is valuable, it’s important, it’s absolutely essential… it’s an undeniable acknowledgement that discussions around mental health need to be far more prevalent, far more transparent, and far more accepted.

Thorogood uses different drawing styles and colors in an imaginative way that makes it easier to understand which mental perspective is being focused on. For whatever reason work like this is created its importance is immeasurable, whether that’s in normalising how depression can be debilitating for many, reminding people that they are not alone, or as an exercise in authorial catharsis. It made me feel a little less alone in this world but I wouldn’t encourage a friend anywhere on their mental health journey to read this because I left it mostly feeling confused.This is a question everyone from philosophers to the drunk next to you at the bar has grappled with since, well, someone first smeared some berries on a wall and someone was affected by it. Some people are simply unable to experience positive emotion around personal accomplishments and creations. This tells a few months in the life of Thorogood after her breakout hit with 2020's The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott (a comic now bumped up to the top of my 'to-read' list).

It follows the author during six months of her life as she struggles with suicidal depression, meaning that there isn’t really a storyline, as the point is to simply show what it is like in her head during that time. Zoe had an earlier graphic novel that I thought was excellent but still felt just a little undercooked but now with this release her trajectory really is being someone whose every project you have to get. It’s an intricately meta book with frequent commentary on its own creation being a running theme throughout. And it's this reluctance ever to let things sink into pure misery which saves the book from ending up as gruelling a read as many of its genre bedfellows. This combines with the hubbub of internal voices through which she constantly second-guesses herself, a technique which reminded me more than anything of the bickering personality elements in – a comparison I doubt Thorogood will welcome, though I still think it's a masterpiece of comics craft if not politics - Dave Sim's Guys.I am polite and appropriate when people compliment or admire me, I hold the intellectual knowledge of their intentions, which are good and pro social. To say I am far more interested in Zoe Thorogood’s work when it’s her own pure and unfiltered artistic vision rather than when she’s illustrating someone else’s stories would be a somewhat entitled statement.

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