History of The Cartoon-A-thon
Mental Health and Humor Does It Mix?
One person gave some great constructive feedback about why I should NOT mix humor and the seriousness of mental illness. This brought my attention to a few valid points. While I did not agree with the humor point…At the time, mixing mental health and humor was not so mainstream. A few people thought the use of “stupid” (as in the title) could have a negative effect on my peers. I agreed but struggled with my cartoonist identity. (See box)
|Chato Stewart Cartoonist Identity|
|Early in 2007 I still holding on to the identity of a Cartoonist for the cleaning industry. Once I had a monthly sponsor, free product and did a demo. Even a cartoon calendar. My cartoons were published in magazines and books and many guys around the world used the clip art I made and gave away for their business for years. Most of that life was already behind me but I was conflicted. I only had so much free time, and could only focus on drawing for one subject matter.|
It all changed early in 2008. Not long after the event in 2007, I created my website with the few “Da Stew-Pid World” cartoons. Joyfully in early 2008, I was offered my first Blog job at a new network and I changed the cartoon series title to Mental Health Humor.
During May in 2008, I knew I wanted to support Mental Health Awareness. I’ve done walks, and gone to the local events but now, I had a blog platform and a growing audience. My platform as a blogger and as a cartoonist could be a somewhat unique approach.
I would volunteer my time and effort to draw 31 cartoons for each day of Mental Health Awareness Month to give to my Peers. To help spread a little smile or humor, just one laugh was worth the effort.
I believe in the power of humor helping us cope and heal. Not that we will be cured, but for some Peers, I include myself, some days are very difficult; to put it mildly. On those days, I could go all day without laughing or a giggle or a smile.
So every once in a while, I’ll have to fake a laugh to make a laugh! Because there is a real benefit to laughing. I know somedays my cartoons aren’t all not funny. <–Double Negative Joke LOL.*Using two negatives turns the thought or sentence into a positive one.