Different people have different ways of dealing with loss. The artist who goes online by the nickname Stormy Gail, for example, tries to cope by creating comics. Her untitled series features a crushed but not yet entirely defeated skeleton, and its everyday struggles.

Stormy Gail started it in 2018. "My mom was hospitalized for stage 4 cancer," she told Bored Panda. "She was in a coma for two months and unable to bring my art supplies into the ICU, I began working digitally on an iPad." Stormy Gail doesn't have an art school education but grew up in a family of artists and with the support of her loved ones, she made her dream of being an illustrator a reality.

"[My series] doesn't really have a set name yet, mostly because I started these comics to journal my therapy and journey of grief. I do refer to it as my Sad Skeleton comics to people who ask what I do for a living though."

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Cee Mor
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3 months ago

Love this one!

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Stormy Gail launched the series with the skeleton representing her own self, a very clinically depressed, anxious, and traumatized young woman navigating the loss of a loved one. "They sort of morphed into a way for my audience to see themselves and relate, and feel seen," she said. "They're now this sort of genderless and undiagnosed Skelefriend. Maybe it's depression, maybe it's a chronic illness." If this comic has taught her anything, it's that she's not alone and neither is anyone else.

There are other recurring characters, too. Stormy Gail has thrown them in to give Skeleton someone to talk to. "It started out with Brain, Skeleton's floating adversary. There's also Bat, a kind and gentle friend modeled after my loved ones. Ghost, a caring yet straight forward roommate. And sometimes I throw some Skelefriends in there like Skelepartner, the drug toad, and the existential crisis goldfish."

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Heather Lambie
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3 months ago

love this one

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The artist said she had no idea when she started posting these strips that her works would reach so many people that needed to feel seen. "I just want you all to know I'm honored and you have changed my life too," Stormy Gail said. "You'll grow back, you'll be amazing."

Depression drains people's energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to take the step toward helping themselves. The things that help the most are the things that are often the most difficult to do. Stormy Gail addresses these situations without any glamor, exposing mental illnesses' frightening power. However, talking about these things is so important. Support groups can go a long way in reducing your sense of isolation, and it looks like Sad Skeleton comics have successfully created one.

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John Doe
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3 months ago

Ouch! I can relate.

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Doria
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3 months ago

<3

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Anniken
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3 months ago

I feel this. SO hard.

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Sarcastic Panda
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3 months ago

love this one, should be at the top!

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Doria
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3 months ago

spot on!

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Sarcastic Panda
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3 months ago

yup

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S.
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3 months ago

Skeletons are rad!

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Dana Grunwald
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3 months ago

Awwwww!

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Soap
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3 months ago

Aww

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xxmidnightwishesxx
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3 months ago

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Christian N/A
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3 months ago

This one is a little confusing, can someone please explain?

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Soap
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3 months ago

It's hard to take praise. But, sometimes, you just accept it.

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von Funnyname
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3 months ago

ouch

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yes.
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3 months ago

this is so me it hurts...

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Soap
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3 months ago

Kitty!

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Colin L
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3 months ago

Presence means so much....silent support takes less energy to accept (if you don't make it weird).

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Eagle Girl
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3 months ago

Target uses scent therapy. Vanilla & cookies so it's comforting to be in their store

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Erin Frickless
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3 months ago

This speaks volumes with so few words. For some it may not be opiates, but many run to substances for comfort and escape.

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von Funnyname
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3 months ago

lord. yup, that's me

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pansexualandproud
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3 months ago

can i have this job pls

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Jasmine Donald
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3 months ago

This is me. I feel this so bad it hurts.

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Colin L
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3 months ago (edited)

So many days... add "I'm anxious" and this is me.

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Jasmine Donald
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3 months ago

lol "feel better...OR ELSE!!!!!"

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Sarcastic Panda
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3 months ago

me. every day.

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von Funnyname
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3 months ago

ouch again

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S.
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3 months ago

Introverted-until-we-warm-up-to-someone skeleton gang

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Red
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3 months ago

Everything social is traumatizing.

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FurryManiac
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3 months ago

Beetlejuice..Beetlejuice..........BEETLEJUICE

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Soap
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3 months ago

Have you tried hitting your pillow?

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S.
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3 months ago

Your depression vs your anxiety.

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GeoSushi
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3 months ago

Dogs, dogs, dogs....

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Happy Days
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3 months ago

good for the skelie! take ur compliments, it's normal to have a little sugar with salt.

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Red
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3 months ago

NO.......NO......NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo

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Vlatko Šagud
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3 months ago

Yes it is.

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Luna Lovegood
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3 months ago

Awww poor fishy <3

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Soap
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3 months ago

You do deserve nice things :)

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Alex T
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3 months ago

people don't appreciate artists as much and their hard work. 100$ is cheap for a very large and detailed work!

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Jasmine Donald
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3 months ago

lol

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