Comic Dissection: Broom Hilda...
Broom Hilda is the spiritual leader of the modern Wiccan movement. Through her tireless efforts, it is now one of the fastest growing religions today. In light of her accomplishments, I've decided to spend some time studying one of her strips.
In the first panel we are made aware of a medical report. This usually signals that there is serious news awaiting us. Turns out, Irwin, a sort of "Captain Caveman"-like creature, but without the club, has been diagnosed as being bipolar. The natural reaction by most people would be shock and concern. Bipolar disorder is characterized by dramatic moodswings, from extremely happy to extremely angry or depressed. You can see from the look in Broom Hilda's eyes, she's at a loss. Just as we are about to start fearing the worst for poor Irwin, Gaylord informs us that his bipolarity only ranges between happy and happier. Now, I would contend that this is not what most people would consider bipolar disorder. However, I am not a clinical psychologist and will defer to those more qualified than I. If it turns out that I was right, I will expect a thorough apology from the people at Broom Hilda for making me worry needlessly.