Going Under



Depression feels like drowning from the inside. Welcome to the aftermath of a mental breakdown.

Sophie is trying to mend the pieces of her broken life. The people around her think she is “cured”, but she knows she still has a long way to go before she truly feels “better”. Going Under is not a story as much as a process, fragments of a personal journey collected in order to make as much sense as possible of an experience which still feels impossible to describe. A sober portrait drawn in a minimal, almost self-erased style, Zviane’s award-winning graphic novel showcases both her interest in classical music and her remarkable talent for intelligent, poignant character studies. Through this second-person account, she achieves a state of dissociation which mirrors the feelings of her protagonist – centering her narrative around emotions and the way images can convey them when words otherwise fail to do so.

Translated by Helge Dascher

Awards and nominations

• Winner of the Bédéis Causa – Album of the Year
• Nomination for the Prix Bédélys – Album of the Year – Québec
• Nomination for the Joe Shuster Awards – Outstanding Cover Artist

2 reviews for Going Under

  1. “It is as potent a document of depression that I’ve ever read… It’s bleak and harrowing, and Zviane’s crisp, precise linework boldly captures this sense of despair.”


  2. Going Under is a fantastic work of art and a powerful look at the anxiety and stigma surrounding mental health issues. A poetic, introspective work that avoids clichés about mental health and recovery with a perspective on the subject that felt really refreshing.”


Additional information


October 2016


92 pages



Weight 0.22 kg
Dimensions 21 × 16 × 0.9 cm

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