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It's Lonely at the Centre of the Earth: This Book Is for Someone, Somewhere.

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It follows the author during six months of her life as she struggles with suicidal depression, meaning that there isn’t really a storyline, as the point is to simply show what it is like in her head during that time. It's an unfiltered expression of emotion and while I respect the author's choice to publish it I don't think it's polished enough for general consumption. He is also a co-organiser of the annual UK Small Press Day and has been a judge or committee member for the Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition, the British Comic Awards and the SICBA Awards. The story follows Zoe writing this book about writing herself for a period of six months, though it sways through the timeline of her entire life as well as into more abstract realms of her creative mind.

Thorogood uses different drawing styles and colors in an imaginative way that makes it easier to understand which mental perspective is being focused on.but well if i get to the personal stuff- i don't think there was ever a right time for me to read this book. In my life I'm in a pretty good place, and so reading this I can appreciate her honesty while also not feeling myself going back to that part in my life. I understand how debilitating mental illnesses can be but I think wallowing in it to the extent of inviting others to wallow with you is problematic. Following the release of her well-received debut graphic novel, The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott, Thorogood finds that artistic success is no cure for lifelong depression, which she draws as a looming Babadook-like monster.

Thorogood is very open and honest—often under the guise of self-deprecating humor—about her mental health, issues with life and struggles with her family. I've read a lot of comics (and other) memoirs lately about depression, but none quite as lively and inventive as this. For instance, she knows we have to in some sense "like" her if it is a memoir even one about such an intimate subject. And it's this reluctance ever to let things sink into pure misery which saves the book from ending up as gruelling a read as many of its genre bedfellows.You can always find the big, heavy quotations that attempt to maximize the beauty into a universal struggle for goodness and connectivity that improves us all, like Leo Tolstoy saying art ‘ is a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward well-being of individuals and of humanity,’ but whew, if this is at a party it’ll kill the vibes pretty quickly. Zoe obviously deals with the dreaded thing of depression, worst of it the kind that makes you have suicidal thoughts. IT’S LONELY AT THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH is an intimate and metanarrative look into the life of a selfish artist who must create for her own survival. It doesn't always take a traumatic event for people to have thoughts of wanting things to end, permanently , and Zoe doesn't shy away from that.

Thorogood makes use of a number of avatars representing different periods of her life or different aspects of her personality, with her depression anthropomorphised as a constantly lurking, self-satisfied ghoul. if i had read this book a couple of months back when i was fully suicidal it would've just made me enjoy my misery more if you will. from the art mediums changing consistently, to the story telling, everything in this little memoir was phenomenal. Thorogood’s It’s Lonely at the Centre of the Earth is a complex, layered and often difficult to easily define graphic memoir that spirals out from a deceptively simple premise. As she takes us through the events of six months she is accompanied (to good effect) by different versions of herself, from the kid-she-was through to the horror-figure of her depression/suicidal thoughts, with whom she discusses her situation and issues.I certainly connected with many of her anecdotes, but when I finished reading I felt like it didn’t actually share all that much?

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