Introducing Peabody! A new comic strip about depression by Jane GoetzeeWritten by admin2 on November 13th, 2008
Filed under: Regular Contributors, Jane Goetzee, Themes, The Wandering Agoraphobe, Art Gallery
A new comic strip by Jane Goetzee
UK-based artist Jane Goetzee has been developing a cartoon representation of depression involving a character called Peabody, and her patient friend depression (who lives in a picture above her bed, and with whom she has a very ambivalent relationship).
The strips of Peabody are not too cutesy/funny (although she is quite lovable), and they actually do express real thought processes—some quite distressing—but because they come from the mouth of a small cartoon person, there’s a move away from self-pity-type thinking. There are pure-comedy moments, too.
We’ll be featuring more of Jane’s amazing art very soon. Expect full Peabody comic strips to appear on IrkedMagazine.com in the coming weeks.
Now, without further adieu, here’s a look at how poor Peabody spent the morning:
*All comic strips © Copyright by Jane Goetzee and are for viewing only.
The cartoons may not be reproduced in any form without permission.
Jane Goetzee is an artist based in the UK. She holds first and Masters degrees in Fine Art at the University of Staffordshire and has worked for many years as a community artist. She writes poetry, makes short films and soundscapes, most of which focus on issues of identity, stereotyping, and representation. As a Person who has Experienced Anxiety and Bouts Of Depression for Years (Peabody), Jane uses cartooning to cast a less stigmatizing light on issues of mental distress. She also works part-time as a disability adviser and runs a support scheme for families with disabled children. She is closely involved with the Journal of Literary Disability as copy–editor and keen advocate. She is currently planning a research project that will explore the topic of arts in health from a disability studies perspective.