My name is Heather Nunnelly. I'm a comic book artist currently working on a project called Vacant. From time to time I post updates about it here.

I post about random things I find on the Internet and add my oozing sarcasm to the mix. I also try and post up my sketches when I'm not too lazy. You can check out my art on the links below.

I currently teach at Comics For Thought.

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perspicious:


WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:    Stay with us and keep calm.The last thing we need when we’re panicking, is to have someone else panicking with us.
Offer medicine if we usually take it during an attack.You might have to ask whether or not we take medicine- heck, some might not; but please, ask. It really helps.
Move us to a quiet place.We need time to think, to breathe. Being surrounded by people isn’t going to help.
Don’t make assumptions about what we need. Ask.We’ll tell you what we need. Sometimes; you may have to ask- but never assume.
Speak to us in short, simple sentences.
Be predictable. Avoid surprises.
Help slow our breathing by breathing us or by counting slowly to 10.As odd as it sounds, it works.


                                                                                                                 


WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T DO:1. Say, “You have nothing to be panicked about.”We know. We know. We know. And because we know we have nothing to be panicked about, we panic even more. When I realize that my anxiety is unfounded, I panic even more because then I feel like I’m not in touch with reality. It’s unsettling. Scary.Most of the time, a panic attack is irrational. Sometimes they stem from circumstances — a certain couch triggers a bad memory or being on an airplane makes you claustrophobic or a break up causes you to flip your lid — but mostly, the reasons I’m panicking are complex, hard to articulate or simply, unknown. I could tell myself all day that I have no reason to be having a panic attack and I would still be panicking. Sometimes, because I’m a perfectionist, I become even more overwhelmed when I think my behaviour is “unacceptable” (as I often believe it is when I’m panicking). I know it’s all in my mind, but my mind can be a pretty dark and scary place when it gets going.Alternate suggestion: Say, “I understand you’re upset. It is okay. You have a right to be upset and I am here to help.”2. Say, “Calm down.”This reminds me of a MadTV sketch where Bob Newhart plays a therapist who tells his patients to simply “Stop it!” whenever they express anxiety or fear. As a sketch, it’s funny. In real life, it’s one of the worst things you can do to someone having a panic attack. When someone tells me to “stop panicking” or to “calm down,” I just think, “Oh, okay. I haven’t tried that one. Hold on, let me get out a pen and paper and jot that down, you jerk.”Instead of taking action so that they do relax, simply telling a panicking person to “calm down” or “stop it” does nothing. No-thing.Alternate suggestion: The best thing to do is to listen and support. In order to calm them down without the generalities, counting helps.3. Say, “I’m just going to leave you alone for a minute.”Being left alone while panicking makes my heart race even harder. The last thing I want is to be left by myself with my troubled brain. Many of my panic attacks spark from over-thinking and it’s helpful to have another person with me, not only for medical reasons (in case I pass out or need water) but also it’s helpful to have another person around to force me to think about something other than the noise in my head.Alternate suggestion: It sometimes helps me if the person I’m with distracts me by telling me a story or sings to me. I need to get out of my own head and think about something other than my own panic.4. Say, “You’re overreacting.”Here’s the thing: I’m not. Panic attacks might be in my head, but I’m in actual physical pain. If you’d cut open your leg, no one would be telling you you’re overreacting. It’s a common trope in mental health to diminish the feelings or experience of someone suffering from anxiety or panic because there’s no visible physical ailment and because there’s no discernible reason for the person to be having such a strong fear reaction.The worst thing you can tell someone who is panicking is that they are overreacting.Alternate suggestion: Treat a panic attack like any other medical emergency. Listen to what the person is telling you. Get them water if they need it. It helps me if someone rubs my back a little. If you’re in over your head, don’t hesitate to call 911 (or whatever the emergency services number is where you are). But please, take the person seriously. Mental health deserves the same respect as physical health.



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perspicious:

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
    
  1. Stay with us and keep calm.
    The last thing we need when we’re panicking, is to have someone else panicking with us.

  2. Offer medicine if we usually take it during an attack.
    You might have to ask whether or not we take medicine- heck, some might not; but please, ask. It really helps.

  3. Move us to a quiet place.
    We need time to think, to breathe. Being surrounded by people isn’t going to help.

  4. Don’t make assumptions about what we need. Ask.
    We’ll tell you what we need. Sometimes; you may have to ask- but never assume.

  5. Speak to us in short, simple sentences.

  6. Be predictable. Avoid surprises.

  7. Help slow our breathing by breathing us or by counting slowly to 10.
    As odd as it sounds, it works.
                                                                                                                 
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T DO:

1. Say, “You have nothing to be panicked about.”
We know. We know. We know. And because we know we have nothing to be panicked about, we panic even more. When I realize that my anxiety is unfounded, I panic even more because then I feel like I’m not in touch with reality. It’s unsettling. Scary.

Most of the time, a panic attack is irrational. Sometimes they stem from circumstances — a certain couch triggers a bad memory or being on an airplane makes you claustrophobic or a break up causes you to flip your lid — but mostly, the reasons I’m panicking are complex, hard to articulate or simply, unknown. I could tell myself all day that I have no reason to be having a panic attack and I would still be panicking. Sometimes, because I’m a perfectionist, I become even more overwhelmed when I think my behaviour is “unacceptable” (as I often believe it is when I’m panicking). I know it’s all in my mind, but my mind can be a pretty dark and scary place when it gets going.

Alternate suggestion: Say, “I understand you’re upset. It is okay. You have a right to be upset and I am here to help.”


2. Say, “Calm down.”
This reminds me of a MadTV sketch where Bob Newhart plays a therapist who tells his patients to simply “Stop it!” whenever they express anxiety or fear. As a sketch, it’s funny. In real life, it’s one of the worst things you can do to someone having a panic attack. When someone tells me to “stop panicking” or to “calm down,” I just think, “Oh, okay. I haven’t tried that one. Hold on, let me get out a pen and paper and jot that down, you jerk.

Instead of taking action so that they do relax, simply telling a panicking person to “calm down” or “stop it” does nothing. No-thing.

Alternate suggestion: The best thing to do is to listen and support. In order to calm them down without the generalities, counting helps.


3. Say, “I’m just going to leave you alone for a minute.”
Being left alone while panicking makes my heart race even harder. The last thing I want is to be left by myself with my troubled brain. Many of my panic attacks spark from over-thinking and it’s helpful to have another person with me, not only for medical reasons (in case I pass out or need water) but also it’s helpful to have another person around to force me to think about something other than the noise in my head.

Alternate suggestion: It sometimes helps me if the person I’m with distracts me by telling me a story or sings to me. I need to get out of my own head and think about something other than my own panic.


4. Say, “You’re overreacting.”
Here’s the thing: I’m not. Panic attacks might be in my head, but I’m in actual physical pain. If you’d cut open your leg, no one would be telling you you’re overreacting. It’s a common trope in mental health to diminish the feelings or experience of someone suffering from anxiety or panic because there’s no visible physical ailment and because there’s no discernible reason for the person to be having such a strong fear reaction.

The worst thing you can tell someone who is panicking is that they are overreacting.

Alternate suggestion: Treat a panic attack like any other medical emergency. Listen to what the person is telling you. Get them water if they need it. It helps me if someone rubs my back a little. If you’re in over your head, don’t hesitate to call 911 (or whatever the emergency services number is where you are). But please, take the person seriously. Mental health deserves the same respect as physical health.


CREDIT [X]  [X]

vacantcomic:

I know people hate this style of updating, but if I don’t crop the page then it’ll spoil aspects of the story. I am going to do the same thing for the rest of volume 1 since I know not everyone is caught up.Read page latest update here: http://imaginetheending.net/Vacant/

vacantcomic:

I know people hate this style of updating, but if I don’t crop the page then it’ll spoil aspects of the story. I am going to do the same thing for the rest of volume 1 since I know not everyone is caught up.

Read page latest update here: http://imaginetheending.net/Vacant/

cowardsmistake:

Someone did it. Someone finally portrayed me perfectly in a single 6 second video.

(Source: vinesnow)

foreveralone-lyguy:

When you realize that someone is only being nice to you because they want something

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(Source: foreveralone-lyguy)

nickmarino:

princelesscomic:

Illegal Kickstarter is nearing launch time post SDCC!

Planning rewards now!

What would you like as a reward for supporting this new comic from me and imaginetheending

a kickass t-shirt designed by Heather!!! also, glamour photos of Jiji posing next to the printed book.

I think Jiji would totally agree to it.

Also yes, what rewards would you guys like?

sagacomic:

@Sean_G_Murphy wanted to see process stuff, so here’s a shot of how I use photo reference (sloppily, that’s how) - Fiona Staples’ twitter, 19 July 2014.

I do this too! And there’s so many embarrassing pictures on my computer because of it.

tazzes:

rockingthegraveyard:

tazzes:

rockingthegraveyard:

tazzes:

yeah :3 and with it being used for weddings i thought it would be fitting for magical girls since its like a metaphor for becoming a woman. plus the plant it comes from is very pretty.  it can be the cute character that gives them the powers  

I never new what plant it came from but it is hecka pretty.  Why isn’t this diverse magic girl a thing!?
It should be a challenge of sorts, draw your own diverse magic girl group or w/e.  It would be so great to see something like that blooming on tumblr.

do it up!! i might try my hand at it soon (i saw this really adorable little black girl on the subway the other day with a kind of mohawk thing with tinny braids that i been wanting to draw for a while, plus her outfit looked very magical girl) 

Oh my god that sounds so adorably punk!  A girl like that would made a cute magic girl.  I definitely look forward to that ;’3

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maybe something like this maybe :3





I’m game.

tazzes:

rockingthegraveyard:

tazzes:

rockingthegraveyard:

tazzes:

yeah :3 and with it being used for weddings i thought it would be fitting for magical girls since its like a metaphor for becoming a woman. plus the plant it comes from is very pretty.  it can be the cute character that gives them the powers  

I never new what plant it came from but it is hecka pretty.  Why isn’t this diverse magic girl a thing!?

It should be a challenge of sorts, draw your own diverse magic girl group or w/e.  It would be so great to see something like that blooming on tumblr.

do it up!! i might try my hand at it soon (i saw this really adorable little black girl on the subway the other day with a kind of mohawk thing with tinny braids that i been wanting to draw for a while, plus her outfit looked very magical girl) 

Oh my god that sounds so adorably punk!  A girl like that would made a cute magic girl.  I definitely look forward to that ;’3

maybe something like this maybe :3

I’m game.

alpacalypse:

President Obama Demands Another Shrek Movie

He already got one. It’s called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

alpacalypse:

President Obama Demands Another Shrek Movie

He already got one. It’s called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Got a new hair cuuttt. Decided to comb it down like Aex’s half way through cause I am an asshhollleee.

oraculardream:

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I am going to save this as archer reference.

Yeah…reference…that’s right. Because my male characters totally do that. Yeah. Sure.