Feeling Anxious? Part 1

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Feeling ANXIOUS? Nervous about the world? Unsettled, like everything is about to SQUASH YOU?

Join the club!

Comics has long been an artform of ANXIETY. A way for artists to express their fear and frustration with society, technology, war, disasters, death and any other horrible thing.

Below are some of my favorite examples. It’s all in a PDF in our FREE ONLINE RESOURCES, too.

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Robert Crumb represented the anxiety of living in America consistently, from the late 60s through the 90s and today.

 

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From Crumb’s adaptation of Nausea.

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And then his adaptation of Philip K Dick’s biographical writings.

 

 

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You gotta wait in line with all the big, powerful people, you pipsqueak! From Polly and her Pals, Cliff Sterrett.

 

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Olive Oyl and Wimpy bet it all on a horse!  More from Thimble Theater.

 

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Drop it! From George Herriman’s Krazy Kat, and below, I’m always carrying this door.

 

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From George McManus’ Bringing Up Father. Money worries!

 

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From early Dennis the Menace, Hank Ketchem Dennis breaks everything!

 

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Whole books have been written about Jack Kirby’s anxiety and how it translated into some of the most popular characters and stories of his and our days.

 

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Agh! Don’t call me!

 

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George Grosz, depicting Germany between the World Wars. What will our time look like?

 

 

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Basil Wolverton’s anxiety came out humorously.

 

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Mark Beyer’s dread, fear and paranoia in AGONY.

 

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David B.’s Epileptic

 

 

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Julie Doucet moves to New York City and all hell breaks out!

 

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Lynda Barry’s family stress

 

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This guy is peeing so long from a night drinking even his reflection is cheesed off! From Enomoto

 

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Inky, amorphous grubby angst and anxiety from Munoz and Sampayo

 

 

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Calvin’s boredom is his main anxiety.

 

 

 

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Taking it all out on the kids, from Kaz‘s Underworld (a nice guy, honest!)

 

 

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Brilliant sections from Jaime Hernandez’s Flies on the Ceiling.

It’s all in a PDF in our FREE ONLINE RESOURCES, too.

More soon in Part 2!