Asylum Squad – A Mad Pride Comic


Saraƒin is a Toronto area cartoonist, writer, illustrator, and activist. began as a self-appointed therapy during a year long psychiatric incarceration. Her first novel, Asylum Squad Side Story: The Psychosis Diaries collects the earlier strips, which were first uploaded to an online blog during Saraƒin’s hospital passes.

Saraƒin lives with the diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, which was brought on by chronic marijuana and automatism usage. She has been mentioned in the Globe and Mail, the Torontoist, has been published in the U of T’s Ars Medica, Bitch magazine online, and has spoken at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine during the 2012 Comics and Medicine conference. Her dream is to make a living doing art alone.


  • SaraFin your cartoons are very uneak, although you said your illness came on by chronic mariquan use, thats a new one for me. I guess we all have our own thoughts about how we got a mental illness. I thought my bi-polar came on by being sexually abused as a child, but we really don’t know and neither does the scientince. But I do know this, that without my medication I would not be able to write you.