We all know laughter and smiling can go a long way to healing the pain we feel in our everyday lives. Laughter can melt away sadness and free us from the grips of depression we find ourselves in. For me, comedy and humor were a large part of what got me through the hardest times in my life. If it was for a couple hours, minutes or just seconds, it was what I needed to keep going forward and not give in to my own depression. Without it, I wouldn't be here today.
So, it's no surprise that my comics have always gone the comedy path. Mostly because writing comedy gives me joy, and also because I love to make people laugh. I don't think that's entirely unique; don't we all enjoy that feeling? But I don't know why others enjoy it, I only know there is a primal part of my brain that needs to make the people around me laugh. So much so, that very early in my childhood I knew I would either grow up to be a cartoonist... or a circus clown.
The first time someone told me my comic was able to cheer them up on a bad day, it gave me a sense of purpose. It became clear to me that not only do I want to make people laugh, I want to use humor to help them through their own hard times. Whether it's by giving them a much-needed laugh or making a comic about mental health that let's someone see they are not alone in this fight. Because we're not alone nor do we fight alone. We can help each other if we just try. Even if it's just telling a silly little joke to someone who is feeling down.
I don't think it's profound to say I truly believe art can give someone a reprieve from the hard times in their life. Art, music, books, TV and movies have long been a bastion of hope for all us. So, if my art can do that for even just one person, then I'm going to keep creating.
Maybe I haven't beaten the blues yet, but I can certainly use them as motivation to keep fighting and keep creating.
Bob Guy has been drawing his whole life and posting art and comics online for 18 years. He dreams of someday making his art a full time gig so he can pursue more avenues of creating it. Follow Bob Guy here...