Part I of my graphic memoir "Growing In My Gray"
October 10, 2022 9:58 AM   Subscribe

Part I of my graphic memoir "Growing In My Gray"
I finished Part I of my graphic memoir. I would love any feedback, or just that you enjoy it! Thanks for taking a look.
Role: Author, Illustrator
posted by DMelanogaster (13 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
This project was posted to MetaFilter by rogerroger on October 23, 2022: Part I of my graphic memoir

I liked it! Thanks for posting.
posted by lizard music at 5:57 PM on October 11, 2022 [1 favorite]

An enjoyable read. I liked the incidental jokes in the illustrations ("My pancreas hurts! WAIT - where is the pancreas?" and "Snazzypam").
posted by Hardcore Poser at 7:27 PM on October 11, 2022 [2 favorites]

This is very well-done and relatable. So much personality in the drawings. I also enjoyed the incidental jokes!
posted by gryphonlover at 1:48 PM on October 13, 2022 [1 favorite]

Loved it. It’s funny, intelligent, and well-structured. I’ve never had much insight into the inner lives of therapists before, so thank you for that aspect. Looking forward to more. Am definitely on the edge of my seat about how childhood influenced the having-of-anxiety later in life.
posted by SomethinsWrong at 6:00 PM on October 13, 2022

"My pancreas hurts! WAIT - where is the pancreas?"
Some years ago, I was persuaded to spend a week in the South of France on a Buddhist Retreat for Scientists. It was a little out of my comfort zone (except for the getting up before first light to not-think) but was an interesting experience. One of the techniques employed at such events is whole-body relaxation where everyone lies down warm-and-comfy on the floor and listens to somebody quietly, relentlessly, urging you to relax each part of your body in turn starting with the toes. It's a bit "your toe bone's connected to your foot bone; your foot bone connected to your ankle bone . . ." but before we'd reached the hip there were wholly-relaxed snores across the room. I was feeling a little dozy myself when I heard " . . . relax your pancreas . . .". "WTF?" I thought, "I'm probably the only person here who could point to their pancreas, let alone relax it".
Liked your memoir: it's good to get a snapshot of where we are now before the moment gets blurry.
posted by BobTheScientist at 11:34 PM on October 13, 2022 [1 favorite]

Thank you. TIL the term "incidental joke."
posted by DMelanogaster at 7:37 AM on October 14, 2022

I loved it! More, more, more! Can't wait to read what comes next! Also I absolutely loved your drawings and lettering! It felt very real and raw.
posted by rogerroger at 6:41 PM on October 16, 2022 [1 favorite]

Whoa! This is really cool. It's so well done! And funny! And warm. And relatable.

("Oh God, how many breaths do I even have LEFT?")

I just enjoyed this on so many levels.

Just to make sure: May I share beyond MetaFilter?
posted by fruitslinger at 6:42 AM on October 21, 2022

"Hiding my anxiety inside my Eileen Fisher separates" made me snortle. This is wonderful, thanks!
posted by MonkeyToes at 10:49 AM on October 22, 2022

I live in Chicago and it very much reminded me both in writing and in art style of Lynda Barry, which if you don't know her, this is a very big compliment. You are open and personal and funny.

Same! Well done, DMelanogaster!
posted by jragon at 11:46 PM on October 23, 2022

I've been thinking about decline and death lately, so this was particularly funny! Thanks for putting it out there.
posted by ignignokt at 6:32 PM on October 27, 2022

Oh, man, does this hit home. I was like “How did she read my mind???”
Congrats on a really fun, and honest, piece!
posted by Thorzdad at 7:18 PM on January 3, 2023

This was very charming! Thanks for sharing it.
posted by potrzebie at 8:59 PM on February 4, 2023

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