Self-Injury: Pt 1

The first half of a comic that scared the living hell out of me to put on the internet.


I love this comic. I knew a lot of cutters in high school and too many people wrote them off as stupid suburban kids looking for attention. Thank you for so eloquently illustrating the reality of what it’s like to be drawn to self harm, live with it, and recover from it.

Thank you for this. I struggled with self harm for a number of years and ended up going through treatment. I’m glad you had the courage to post it, as other people need to know that it’s not as rare as it seems.

Thank you for taking the time to address this. I started my self-abuse addiction when I was fourteen, and it lasted for two and half years. My friend (who I later dated) was also involved with it, and we helped each other quit. I haven’t cut myself in three years now, but it was hard to finally quit. Except for a few close friends, nobody else knew, not even my parents. I hate that it’s impossible to talk about this. People have such polarized opinions about it, and will instantly judge and fear you for it. Whenever I hear someone talk derisively about someone dealing with self abuse, it kills me inside. I wish people were more open-minded about issues like this. That being said, I really enjoyed your comics about sexuality as well. It’s so lovely to see someone trying to make people aware of the complexities of sexuality without being angry or preachy about it. Thank you, thank you, thank you for what you do.

I am so grateful you are frank about self-harm.
I cut myself in college before I graduated to a full-fledged eating disorder.
Wish I had known that I wasn’t alone then–I’m so glad you’re around and writing about all of these things.

I still self-injure and it scares me. I don’t know what to do. I think about killing myself every day.

Hello Holly! I’m so sorry you are going through such tough times right now. If you need sometimes to talk to or just vent to or anything, you can talk to me. I’ve been there (in my own way) before and I needed people to talk to about it, maybe you do to? Message me at or my email is All the best, Amanda (:

I had a friend who was a burner. And had problems healing from burns at that. Fortunately he’s overcome that issue. I’ve heard it’s because you can control the pain you inflict on yourself, so it becomes cathartic. And yes, it’s not exactly something easy to talk about.

This is the first comic I ever saw of yours and I immediately felt relieved. I think it was in the back of another comic book. I cut myself from about 14 to 18. I stopped when I started getting tattoos. I used to worry that I traded one for the other but if I did, would that be so bad? Tattoos hurt like the dickens and you end up more beautiful than when you went in, with the added therapy of talking to someone for a couple hours while they make art on you. I’m glad I’m not the only one who wandered down a similar path.

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