|Super Haters #480||Francisco Gruel|
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My collaborator on this tweaked out tale is Francisco Gruel, a longtime AudioShocker listener with an incredibly unique and detailed art style. In fact, Francisco's Super Haters pages are so detailed that I'm adding larger versions of his pages for you to enjoy. Just click on the comic to check out a special 1800 px wide version.
As you can see from the last panel of today's strip, Destruct-O-Tron is struggling with some body image issues. And this is just the beginning for him. Lest you think it's done entirely in thoughtless jest, the truth is that Francisco and I have both dealt with similar situations in the past. We discussed our experiences a bit in the comments to Everything Blows with Ross and Nick #17.
While I've been fortunate to never need medical treatment for an eating disorder, I struggled for most of my teen years and early 20s with thoughts that I was inadequate based on my appearance and I tried to control that through eating. I've also had many people close to me battle eating disorders, from anorexia and bulimia to related conditions like exercise addiction.
I think a big part of the problem is that eating disorders were rarely discussed in an open and personal way when I was growing up. I knew they existed but I never had any education about the underlying cultural and social issues that could lead to them.
To coincide with Super Hungry, I'm running a fundraising drive for the National Eating Disorders Association. And to kick things up a notch, I'm going to match every dollar that you donate to NEDA. In fact, I already got the ball rolling yesterday with a $100 donation (which won't count towards my matching donations):
When you donate, just forward your NEDA confirmation email to me or take a screencap of the confirmation page and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. No amount is too little to give -- from $20 to $10 to $5 to $1. I'll match it.
As for the comics, be back tomorrow for the one and only enigmatic redneck with the world's deadliest hairdo... MULLDUSA!