Note: This post is part of a week-long series from guest editor Lindsay Anne Watson. Lindsay makes sad funnies in Portland, Oregon. She is the author and illustrator of I Don't Need Eyes, published in 2016 by Tiny Splendor. Her work can be seen at lindsayannewatson.space.
What do you think is the purpose of happiness? Do you think its a hilarious concept?
I think happiness puts into focus and magnifies our ability to see beauty. Happiness can be really difficult for some to obtain. People die trying to find it, and become dependent on synthetic versions of it, so I don't view it as a very funny thing but more of a fickle thing, and you have to work hard at it if you want it in your life. I think sadness is a lot more hilarious and it’s never been hard to find.
Where does most of your emotional energy go?
I’m not proud of where I spend my emotional energy. Too much of it goes into frantic efforts to avoid being alone. I spend a lot of time ruminating, regretting, wishing that positive change would fall into my lap. Lately I’ve been spending more time working to redirect where this energy goes, but its tough, and it’s always going to feel oh-so-good to put on a moody playlist and indulge in bumming out.
You’re really really great at expressing a lot of potent feelings and laughs without words. Do you have this much luck in real life outside of paper?
Most, if not all of the content in my comics is based in reality… so yeah, maybe I am lucky in that I make a lot of mistakes, and often find myself in compromising, odd situations. Some of the darker scenarios in my comics weren't necessarily funny at the time, but documenting these experiences in drawing is a great way to remember that there’s humor in everything and humor is healing.
Tara Booth is a cartoonist based in Portland, Oregon. She recently released Unwell though kuš! comics and more of her work can be seen at https://www.instagram.com/tarabooth