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Did you know that making comics can make you feel better?

A drawn comic panel representing a girl looking at her art book saying “happiness?”
A comic panel created by the author, Ana Krajinović (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

Comic journaling or daily comics are usually made for others to read. Even more so, they are usually made by “artists”. But what if I told you that you don’t need to be an artist to make funny comics that can help your mental health? What if you just take the stressor that is making you sad and anxious and make fun of it? Bad drawing skills are welcome and no one even has to see it!

Disclaimer: Keep in mind that I am not a mental health professional…


LANGUAGE

3 facts you didn’t know about linguistics. Told in comics.

Created by the author (representing me doing linguistic fieldwork).

As a linguist, I often get asked what linguists do. I also came across many misconceptions about linguistics. From “speaking a lot of languages” to “being very good at grammar”, I usually have to explain why none of these apply to me. So here it is! Below I debunk a few myths and I support these explanations with my Lego comics.

One thing to note though is that the word “linguist” is used in a somewhat different way in industry, or non-academic fields, where it can refer to almost anything…


Dear readers,

(Sorry for spamming, there was a broken link in my last email.)

I hope you had a chance to rest during the summer and are now ready to embark on some new readings. Keep reading to find Ana’s stories with friend links (links that allow you to read all the stories even if you reached the maximum of free Medium stories this month).

There have been quite a few new posts in Ana’s stories since my last newsletter. The latest one is about one key factor for the success of long-term relationships: The Most Neglected Emotion Needed for…


Cuteness is not only for babies, save some for your partner!

Created by the author, adapted from “A Love Story”.

Most advice on relationships out there will tell you to look for signs: If your partner is behaving this and that way, that means X, Y, or Z. Endless blabbering on how to keep the spark, passion, and sex alive. But what if I told you that in between all that sexual and (hopefully) intellectual chemistry, you absolutely need to feel cuteness toward your partner to have a long-lasting relationship?

In Western cultures, we don’t talk much about the feelings of cuteness outside of the baby-related domains…or maybe baby…


Or why life and death are one big cosmic joke.

Taken by the author.

When I was studying at the university, we had to read a collection of short stories and pass an exam about it. One story we had to read was about a woman who was walking at night and suddenly got hit by a very small meteorite.

A Cosmic Prank

If I remember the story correctly, she was fine, and the whole thing was just a nuisance. She just continued walking. In the exam, the professor asked me to comment on the meaning of that story. …


An ode to my grandma, who was a superhero.

Taken by the author.

The 3 skills for incredible lives

I asked in the title if superheroes can die. The answer is no. They cannot because their legacy is so big that they never truly leave us. And the legacy of my grandma is showing everyone who knew her the three skills for leading incredible lives:

  • First superpower: Accept your life as it is.
  • Second superpower: Recognize everything good in your life and celebrate it with all your heart.
  • Third superpower: Recognize everything that is wrong and unjust in your life and fight against it with all your heart.

My grandma…


COMICS

Almost TV-worthy family situations made into comics, featuring our obsession with pancakes, Harry Potter, pebbles, and free stuff.

Created by the author.

Every family has its quirks, I know. But my family has such a unique combination of endearment and insanity that it would merit being made into a sitcom of the “Malcolm in the Middle” type. Since the sitcom never materialized, here are some comic depictions of our best moments.

Ana K.

A linguist, PhD and a comic creator writing about mental health, languages, and pop culture.

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