This comic is about how some people cope with pain.
I’ve recently re-watched “Secretary” (2002), and this comic was inspired by this one line from the movie, which described this specific feeling very accurately for me.
I went to Singapore a couple of weeks ago to watch Tegan and Sara live in concert. The concert was such an exciting and mind-blowing experience for me, that I downloaded videos of the whole concert for me to listen to over and over again.
With myself still not being over it, I made a short comic based on the Tegan and Sara song “I’m Not Your Hero“.
The song came off as a really sad song to me since the first time I heard it. For me, it was about a person who was so tired of trying to do everything to be someone’s hero, and yet still being unrecognized as one, to the point of feeling helpless, broken and burnt out. Later, I’ve found out that it was basically about Sara’s struggles of being alienated as a member of the gay community and the indie community.
Regardless of what it is originally about, the way I came to interpret it stuck to me, and it became my favorite track from their latest album, Heartthrob. (With “Now I’m All Messed Up” being a close second.)
The comic really has no profound interpretation of the song. It’s just something I thought up quickly. I just wanted it to be as sad as how I felt the song to be.
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Also, I would like to point out that this comic may have been inspired by the movie Windstruck.