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Transcript of original artwork for Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me

[Top panel]

Switched to TEGRETOL

Was this working? Hard to say.

But after a while it didn’t matter because I COULDN’T ORGASM.

…except when I was high!

What a discovery! YAY! Clearly, however, not a long term plan.

[Center panel]

Went back on Lithium

My face suddenly broke out WAY WORSE than before! A dermatologist asked if I was eating a lot of SALT.

[Text surrounding the large face] Cyst the size of a marble
Bright red cheeks

Why, YES! LITHIUM CARBONATE IS A SALT!

[Text surrounding the smaller face] Yoga classmate

What’s wrong with your face?

face?

Yikes!

So I was put on

ACCUTANE intense acne med + SPIRONOLACTONE androgen blocker + MINOCYCLINE antibiotic

Which gave me a TERRIBLE YEAST INFECTION so I was put

on

DIFLUCAN

Which meant I was on SIDE EFFECT MEDS for my SIDE EFFECT MEDS!

MERIT BADGE!

[Bottom panel]

Next up: LAMICTAL

My one and only?

Another disappointment?

Bad side effects?

No side effects?

No effects? at all?

Fatal rash??

[Text in magic 8-ball] ASK AGAIN LATER

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