Sick: Disturbing, Powerful Webcomic

Gabby Schulz, who used to be Ken Dahl (he explains it at his website), author of Monsters, has posted a shocking and affecting webcomic called Sick.

Sick opening

It starts off in a way anyone who’s lived alone in a big city can sympathize with. When you’re terribly ill, there’s no one to take care of you. Since he’s a self-employed artist without insurance, though, there are many other concerns wandering through his fevered brain, including thoughts of death and depression, memories, and self-pity. It’s quite the experience to read, especially since the digital mechanism has you moving ever down the seemingly never-ending “page”, descending with him into wondering what his life is worth.

5 Responses to “Sick: Disturbing, Powerful Webcomic”

  1. xerexes Says:

    I think I will sound trite no matter how I phrase it but I completely choked up reading this. And absolutely brillant as a WEBcomic. When you work with how a comic is read on the web you can do some powerful stuff.

    Thanks for highlighting this.

  2. Jaylat Says:

    This is an extremely creative comic, beautifully drawn and incorporating some really stunning visual metaphors.

    However… (and I hope you forgive me) it did seem more than a bit indulgent and histrionic. I’ve worked with people like his, and at some point what they really need is a swift kick in the pants.

    He posted the comic, so I assume he got better?

  3. Johanna Says:

    Ha! Well, that is one reaction. I was sympathetic, because I’ve been there before, but I can see why it would seem to be over-reacting to some.

    Yes, apparently, there is more still to come — you can follow his blog for updates.

  4. hardtravelinghero Says:

    Dahl/Schulz’s work has always been enjoyable for me in his exposure of himself, from the work published in the True Porn Anthology (or was he in both?) to Welcome to the Dahlhouse to the one or two issues of Monster I read, it’s been great stuff.

    The descent this comic takes works well and I’m wondering what the end result will be when it’s complete and it this comic would work as well in some kind of printed format. I’d imagine the pages would have to flip down instead of opening on its left or right side.

    Thanks for sharing this.

  5. DeBT Says:

    “Yes, apparently, there is more still to come.”

    Oh, that’s good. I was worried when I reached the end of the page, and I was all, “What? Over already?” I felt like there should’ve been more to the story that hadn’t been told yet.

    The Crumb-like character designs and Lovecraftian influence certainly added to the narrative.




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