Sex, Love, Anxiety: The Secrets Of Alex Greenwald - Manic (Strip 200)

7/10/2022

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Manic (Strip 200)

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View Transcript Alex: It seems like everyone around me has had *some* kind of major life crisis.
Pretty much all of these crises were solved the exact same way: love, romance, some kind of magical cure-all that'll wash away all the bad feels.

Alex: And it seems to *me* that everyone seems to think that *my* problems can be solved the same way, just hook me up with Sunny, and shit's gonna be okay.
B-but you guys don't *know* me as well as you *think* you do.

Alex: Maybe there *is* no clear cut answer to my problems because maybe...
...maybe I struggle with depression on a regular fucking basis.

Alex: And maybe that depression isn't consistent.
And it's *exhausting*.
Because it hits you like a fucking *train* outta nowhere at all.

Alex: But it's not like people ever *understand* that, because I never fucking tell them that I...
I...
I-I...

Alex: ...I don't have *regular* depression.
Lissa, I'm manic depressive.
And I... I've never told anyone that.

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Author Notes

7/10/2022, 11:28 AM Welcome to the 200th strip. It's been 200 weeks since I started working on my series, nearly four years of my life. Part of me never really thought I'd get to this point, but well, here I am. Thanks for reading this far, and here's to the next 200 strips!

Additionally: god it's been hard not to talk about all of this.

Comments:

7/10/2022, 12:20 PM Wow, yeah this is one of those things that makes a lot of sense in hindsight, but that you don't really think about until you're told straight up. You weren't kidding when you said that it puts some previous arcs into perspective.

Poor Alex. They really need to see someone about that, because like they said, that's something that can't be managed with just the help of people alone. Stuff like that usually requires medication to help regulate the symptoms, and therapy to learn some coping skills.

Also, I really like the red you used in the second to last panel there.
7/10/2022, 12:28 PM Believe me, it took me a minute to piece everything together myself, sometimes you just unintentionally write a character a specific way.

And thanks, the second to last panel was a deliberate callback to strip 188.