We all respond to the world in different ways. Some turn inward and convey their emotions in art journals, while others find solace in sharing their experiences with other people. An illustrator named Prudence of the webcomic Planet Prudence depicts relatable, if not ridiculous, moments in life with a laugh-out-loud sense of humor.
Prudence uses the tool of comparison to bring a biting wit to everyday situations. Her “Expectations vs Reality” comics are perfect examples of this, particularly for women. In this format, she draws “Expectations” as a woman who is conventionally good-looking that can rock any fashion trend and breezes through life’s obstacles. Then there’s Prudence, or “Reality,” who doesn’t move through life so gracefully. While Prudence is poking fun at herself in these illustrations, she’s also commiserating with her viewers—many of them understand the struggles of wearing a bathing suit or having bangs.
Since we last caught up with Prudence, a lot has changed. In 2017, she was dealing with a diagnosis of a debilitating disease called chronic fatigue syndrome/ Myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). Medical professionals, however, have now found that the symptoms from that condition came from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which she is now treating. “I’m again able to go outside and live a life one step at a time—fortunately!” Prudence tells My Modern Met in an email.
For more from the illustrator, Prudence keeps an active Patreon and makes videos on YouTube, in addition to selling prints of her work in her online shop. You can get her book, Bad at Adulting, Good at Feminism, on Amazon.