Fig. A: From Ellen Forney’s ‘Marbles’
Hi. My name is Whit Taylor. I’m a cartoonist and comics writer. I also happen to be bipolar type II. This does not mean I’m “crazy”. In fact I don’t even know what crazy actually means. That I even had to bring that up though illustrates some of my hesitancy to reveal this. Yes, my experiences with depression (and very infrequently hypomania) have been internal for the most part, but it’s something that manifests externally in the way I see the world. For me, being a creative has always gone hand in hand with some of my mood issues and the more I meet other artists I realize that I’m not alone. I will be talking about my own coming to terms with my mental health, how this relates to my cartooning, the real or imagined association between “creativity and madness”, and why I don’t necessarily see it as a negative thing.
Much respect to Whit and all cartoonists who are processing, destigmatizing, or educating about mental illness in their work.
(If you’re interested in personal comics about bipolar disorder, I also suggest Couch Tag.)