How Batman helped a cartoonist through a violent childhood trauma

Dean Trippe's comic Something Terrible is a deeply personal account of his experiences following a childhood trauma, and how the fictional heroes he grew up admiring helped him cope with those experiences even as an adult.

Trippe is posting Something Terrible very gradually online as a webcomic, but for 99 cents, you can download the brief comic in its entirety, including Trippe's afterword, which fills in some of the details sketched out in the comic. I definitely recommend reading it all at once. The image up top is also available as a print through Society6.

Something Terrible, by Dean Trippe [Ten-Cent Ticker via Kate Beaton]