Did you know apocalypse stories are good for you? We know this! An article in the Boston Globe caught my eye last weekend. In describes a paper published in the journal Personality and Individual Difference that gauged participants’ preparedness and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Researchers found that fans of so-called “prepper” films — that is, alien invasion, zombie, and apocalyptic films that “prepare” the viewer for emergencies — were significantly more prepared and, by some measures, more resilient.” The article notes previous research showing this kind of entertainment offers not just practical advice but also a psychological boost by allowing us to experience fear in a safe setting and thus hone our emotional coping skills.
So if you’re feeling newly motivated by a sense of self-preservation you can head right over to my Kickstarter campaign running through 2.4.21, where you can grab a hot new limited edition By the Time I Get to Dallas 1+2 Creator’s Edition book, as well as the print and digital editions of the first two comics of the series. Do it for your health!
Colin is an emergency physician in Boston, Massachusetts. The seeds of his comics project were sown when he took a sabbatical from the ER for creative writing. His creative non-fiction has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.