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Close To Monsters #52

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This comic is brought to you by the fact that sometimes, you’d like to return the gift of life.

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Coping With Tonal Shifts In Reality: Season 2 Episode 20 “I Have Half A Mind”

The Season 2 finale of COPING WITH TONAL SHIFTS IN REALITY sees Samantha Gold finally taking control of her future, with the help of an old friend and an even older adversary.

So that’s it guys, it’s over. Technically it’s been over for a week, but I didn’t post this here until now, but yeah. I’m SUPER proud of this season of the show, it really was so much more than I could’ve expected it to be and I cannot WAIT to return for the final, 3rd season in this year!

Thanks for listening!

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I’m Maggie. If you like this thing I made, you might like some other things I’ve done, like my 2015 novel “You Ruined Everything”, my podcast network “The Feel Bad Network” or my feed over at Ello. You can also find some published work for sale over at my Payhip , buy prints/stickers and more at my online store on Big Cartel, or support my work at my Patreon! Anything helps & is appreciated, thanks!

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Nothing Important Happened Today

I wrote a short story over at Medium. Here’s a little excerpt:

“Hey Mandy,” he said, and she waved, “What’re we talking about?”

“Societal pressures regarding familial relationships,” Miranda said.

“Yeah, it’s kind of a bitch,” Mason said, sighing, running one hand through his medium length scruffy hair and putting the other hand in his coat pocket, “After my aunt Clarence died, I had to clean out her things because nobody else would and I thought that was strange, but once I got into her belongings, reading her thoughts and stuff from diaries and whatnot, I quickly realized why nobody else wanted to expose themselves to that toxicity.”

“And yet,” Charlie said.

“And yet,” Mason picked back up, “when it comes time to send her off, suddenly everyone is crying, singing her praises, talking about all the good she’s done, as if that cancels out all the terrible things she did. It was so weird to see. I couldn’t wrap my mind around it. Was it for public performance? As a family unit, are you supposed to love and support one another, but then in private you can turn right around and talk about what a scumbag Cousin Tom is? I don’t know. I still don’t get it, and I likely never will.”

It’s about families, relationships, abuse, death and all that good stuff we’ve come to know and love. So, if you’re interested, you can read the entire thing right here. Enjoy.

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I’m Maggie. If you like this thing I made, you might like some other things I’ve done, like my 2015 novel “You Ruined Everything”, my podcast network “The Feel Bad Network” or my feed over at Ello. You can also find some published work for sale over at my Payhip , buy prints/stickers and more at my online store on Big Cartel, or support my work at my Patreon! Anything helps & is appreciated, thanks!

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Coping With Tonal Shifts In Reality: Season 2 Episode 19 “I Used To Ride Horses”

In the penultimate episode in Season 2, Samantha, in preparing for detransplantation, comes across some rather hard to process memories about the horse she used to ride.

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Coping With Tonal Shifts In Reality: Season 2 Episode 18 “Crescendo”

In this solo Sam episode, she remarks on her mothers relationship with her own mother, and comes to a conclusion regarding moving forward with her life.

Only 2 episodes left until this season comes to a close, and if you want to hear episode 19 RIGHT NOW, go subscribe to my Patreon, where, for as low as a dollar a month, you get access to a tooooon of early and exclusive content!

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I’m Maggie. If you like this thing I made, you might like some other things I’ve done, like my 2015 novel “You Ruined Everything”, my podcast network “The Feel Bad Network” or my feed over at Ello. You can also find some published work for sale over at my Payhip , buy prints/stickers and more at my online store on Big Cartel, or support my work at my Patreon! Anything helps & is appreciated, thanks!

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Coping With Tonal Shifts In Reality: Season 2 Episode 17 “Daddy Beats Mommy”

After a hiatus, the last few episodes of the season have begun! In this weeks episode, USER 147 relays her relationship with Samantha’s father, and how much damage he caused the family. Only 3 episodes left until this season comes to a close, and if you want to hear episode 18 RIGHT NOW, go subscribe to my Patreon, where, for as low as a dollar a month, you get access to a tooooon of early and exclusive content!

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I’m Maggie. If you like this thing I made, you might like some other things I’ve done, like my 2015 novel “You Ruined Everything”, my podcast network “The Feel Bad Network” or my feed over at Ello. You can also find some published work for sale over at my Payhip , buy prints/stickers and more at my online store on Big Cartel, or support my work at my Patreon! Anything helps & is appreciated, thanks!

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Displeasure Cruise

Did you know that they have morgues on cruise ships?

If you, well not you since you’re here reading this, but someone dies on a cruise ship, they take that body down to a hidden deck that’s a morgue. I know, I know, this sounds like a Snopes entry, but I shit you not, it is true. According to an article I read recently, 91 people have died on cruise ships between 2014 and 2017. Apparently, most deaths are natural, with the most common being from heart attacks. Did you know that when a person dies on an airplane, if there’s nowhere to relocate the body to, like an overhead bin for example, they simply strap the person into a seat and cover them up? Your death, no matter where or when it happens, is an inconvenience to those around you.

When you die, suddenly everything becomes lower on the list of priorities for everyone else, and they all, finally, turn to focus on you. What to do with your remains, how to have a service for you, what happens to all your shit. Suddenly, you’re the most important thing in the world, even if everyone ignored you up to this point. They tell stories about you, talk about your strengths and heap praise onto you like you’re a goddamned beloved celebrity. Then, they put you wherever you’re going and, if you’re lucky, they’ll occasionally look at the photo of you on their mantel or wherever and think of you once every 3 to 5 years. You…are a nuisance. When you’re born, your parents complain that you won’t sleep through the night, when you’re a teenager, teachers complain that you aren’t living up to your abilities, when you’re a young adult, employers complain that you don’t work hard enough even though you’re likely working 3 goddamned jobs, when you’re older, the government complains that they have to support you with health care and benefits and then, finally, when you die…your family is inconvenienced by your death and have to put off little Roberts sleep over simply so they can have your funeral first.

You have never been anything but an inconvenience, and yet we have the nuisance, the audacity, to think that we’re so special. And if you chose to put yourself first, simply because nobody else will, and not in a selfish way either, then suddenly you’re a narcissist. You just cannot win in this life. I’m not saying this to be a downer. I’m not saying this to make you feel bad, or worthless or anything of the sort. I’m saying this because we all need to stop feeling so. damned. SPECIAL.

Believing that we are special, unique, and one of a kind isn’t healthy. Take it from me, someone who grew up in the generation that was told constantly we were special, unique and one of a kind. That we mattered, and could do anything. All this did was set unrealistic expectations, ones we cannot attain, and we then hold ourselves accountable and hate ourselves for not being able to achieve them, without realizing they’re unattainable to begin with. We need to start believing we’re all extremely similar, because it makes us not feel so alone. We’re inconveniences, to one another and to life itself. That’s the narrative I’m going to establish for the rest of my life, because yeah, you know what, I AM a inconvenience. I didn’t decide to be born, I didn’t decide to end up in the situation I am in and so yes, I am an inconvenience, and I’m going to force people to deal with me.

Even when I’m a goddamned corpse on a cruise.

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I’m Maggie. If you like this thing I made, you might like some other things I’ve done, like my 2015 novel “You Ruined Everything”, my podcast network “The Feel Bad Network” or my feed over at Ello. You can also find some published work for sale over at my Payhip , buy prints/stickers and more at my online store on Big Cartel, or support my work at my Patreon! Anything helps & is appreciated, thanks!