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100 Demon Dialogues

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  240 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Navigating the rocky shores of self doubt with charm and honesty, 100 Demon Dialogues is a collection of comics for anyone who wants to talk back to the little voice in their head that says “You’re no good.”

Cartoonist Lucy Bellwood is beset by a tiny, petulant demon who embodies workaholism, imposter syndrome, and fear of missing out. Fed up with its constant nagging, she
ebook, 144 pages
Published October 2017 by Toonhound Studios
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Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a delightful book. After I read it, my 10 year old consumed it cover to cover right away. When she finished, she looked up and said, "I know that feeling! I had no idea everyone else had the same thing." How amazing is that? ...more
David Pickett
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anxiety has never been so adorable 😈
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All of the pages are adorable and relatable, and I laughed out loud in my empty apartment a few times - partly because relatable, and partly because objectively hilarious. You should read this book. Yes, you.
Steve Stivaktis
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I'd followed the adventures of that little demon on Instagram and Twitter, but its story all together excited and moved me even more than I thought possible. It's an extremely universal experience when it comes to artists (should I worry about my own little jellyfish-shaped demon who's been torturing me since 2012 and who's not nearly as easy to defeat? no? I'll stop) and it's being presented in the best possible way.

What are you doing? Stop reading my review and go get it. Like right now. You'
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I feel honored to have been following Lucy Bellwood's demon dialogues online since the very beginning. The pieces from her very first inktober challenges are just as sharp and insightful as the later pieces written during the 100 days project. It's very cool to see how her art developed into the finished style she choose for the bulk of the book. Everyone, but especially creative people, struggle with these same type of demon voices: mine tell me that I haven't done enough, no matter how much I ...more
Maggie Gordon
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As I meandered through TCAF this year, my eyes got caught on the cover of this little book. There was an adorable silver demon-looking creature, so I stopped to flip through the book. It was all about the little voice in your head that likes to undermine your self-esteem and thwart your attempts at taking control of your life. It was intensely relateable. After a chat with Bellwood about how many people responded to this book's existence with the realisation that they were not alone, I knew I ha ...more
Jillian Harris
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lucy's vulnerable moments touched me in a way I didn't expect. I think there's something universal about the demon who plagues us and plays upon our doubts. This book changed the way I think about my own demon(s), and it encouraged me to see these interactions and moments of fear and doubt as a way to grow instead of just a crippling weight to bear. ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I saved this for Halloween - because demons - but it is not really like that ?(which I knew).

Instead it is about that voice inside your head that doubts you and discourages you and berates you. Instead of only arguing with the voice (though that happens sometimes), you can also joke with the voice, reassure the voice, and build on it. Very encouraging and inspiring
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
Just what I needed after an emotionally trying day. It was a nice reminder that we all have our battles we are fighting each day.
JK Gagnon
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is just wonderful. The author was very vulnerable, expressing their self-doubts over 100 different comics. Even though this book is about the artist’s self-doubts it’s super relatable and comforting. I would recommend this book for anyone who has experienced wanting to tell their inner little self doubt demons to frig off.
Katie McMahon
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't coherently write how much this book means to me, how much it validates my experiences, and how encouraged I feel every time I crack it open. A person's inner demon can be a horrible thing to live with, but Lucy Bellwood has developed a relationship with hers that is more akin to squabbling siblings who actually care for each other very much. This book has made my own anxieties and fears and self-doubt easier to bear, and I am slowly learning to treat my inner demon like an obnoxious, ove ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Hands down one of my favourite books about self-doubt and imposter syndrome I’ve ever encountered. Lucy has a delightful voice and her illustrations give each panel so much life and emotion. The transition the book makes near the end was really touching and has stuck with me. If you’ve ever thought about the voice that tells you you’re not good enough and wanted to better understand how to manage that this book is a great place to start.
Joni Whitworth
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an honest and thought-provoking look at the worst voices inside our heads, and how we can deal with them. As an artist, I needed this book so badly. Thank you, Lucy, for taking the time to make this important work. I recommend this book to anyone who is struggling on their creative journey.
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A perfect examination of the imperfections that drive us.
I first discovered Lucy Bellwood in an interview she did on the Feminist Frequency podcast. She discussed her work and particularly 100 Demon Dialogues, and I immediately knew I had to read it. Luckily, I was gifted this book for Christmas and tore into after Christmas dinner.

I loved 100 Demon Dialogues. I absolutely loved it. In case you don't know, this book came from Bellwood drawing conversations she would have with that mean voice inside your head, your inner demon, every day for 100 days
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book jumped out at me as I was perusing booths at MICE this past weekend. I open to a random page and there is our artist-avatar taking the first whack at a huge block of marble with a little demon lounging in a nearby chair - "If you can't finish this in one shot, you shouldn't start."

Shit. How the hell did my jerk brain manifest itself on this random comics page?

I try another page.

Now the demon screaming about how there's just so much and how the author can't fix it all and nothing will
Alexandra Cross
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm came across Lucy's Tumblr kind of by accident. I was drawn to a video she had posted looking out to the waves through a porthole window of a boat. I had no idea it would lead me to find one of the most therapeutic and relatable series I've ever read.

As a freelance photographer, I am constantly experiencing this self doubt and endless guilt for not doing enough, being creative enough, choosing the right path, pushing myself hard enough...etc. It's been so refreshing for me to see Lucy not on
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun comic about Lucy Bellwood inner demon anxiety. This comic is a collection of webcomics from her 100 Day Project, where you create something everyday. Bellwood takes a very personal look at herself and makes a comic that is introspective and truthful. The raw truthfulness of this book makes it amazing and turn paging. We can all relate to the demon in her comic. We have demons like this telling us we can’t be great, but maybe we can. Bellwood address how we have to find balance and acceptan ...more
Olivia Niver
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most accessible book on anxiety and depression I’ve ever read

I love this book. I’ve bought it 3 times. The 2nd after giving my first copy to one of my students, the third on kindle when I realized I want to be able to read it anywhere. I can’t express how comforting it is. How in this difficult time of this pandemic I’ve turned to it to get a few minutes of feeling not alone. It is magic. When I’m done training to be a teacher I’m buying like 10 copies to give to those students I see who nee
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I followed along as Lucy put these comics out into the world and it is really something to find my own feelings, fears and thoughts coming out in her conversations with this little imp! Her playful interactions with this demon address the idea of imposter syndrome which every creative person I've ever met deals with in some way.

Love the book, and can't recommend the hard cover enough- it has beautiful silver foil and a ribbon bookmark! Also, you should know that my 10 and 13 year old kids love
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bio-memoir
I was already a fan of Lucy Bellwood for her nautical art and comics, but I was delighted by her branching out into relatable self-reflection in this collection of short comics! Lucy has allowed herself to be tremendously vulnerable in this book but, at the same time, wryly funny.

I'd recommend 100 Demon Dialogues for any creative person who struggles with self-doubt- you'll surely see yourself in these pages and they might help you to find a reply to your own demons, too.
Jeremy Joseph
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A gloriously funny, vulnerable and honest book about the bad voices we all hear in our heads about ourselves, louder for some than others.
It's adorable and sweet and hopeful and worth a read by anyone. My teenage daughter got a kick out of reading it and it's helped reaffirm what I've been telling her: you're not alone in these feelings, they are not the end of you, just a beginning of a positive conversation with yourself.
Keith Schnell
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is not a complex book, but it's one that resonates very strongly. Whether you're an artist or just engaged in some other project that requires self-motivation and inspiration, you've been plagued by the doubts and self-questioning that Lucy Bellwood personifies with her little demon character. It's always a reassuring morale boost to see them articulated, and to be able to commiserate with the author. Strongly recommended. ...more
Gayle Francis
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A loving rendition of living with self-doubt. Bellwood makes her demon various types of adorable, and it works as a great visual reminder that you have power over your anxiety. It can be hard, and some days are better than others, but in the end, you gotta live with the little creature, and Bellwood shows us how un-alone we are in having one of these things.
Michael O'Brien
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Required reading for creatives and most other people

When I woke up this morning, it was one of those days when I couldn’t feel anything. I thought reading this might help. I started feeling a bit better... then a bit better... and then at the end, wham.

They look at you funny when you have that intense an emotional reaction at your work desk.

Powerfully recommended.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent read for creators and doers of all sorts. This series of 100 conversations between Bellwood and her "demon"--the inner critic who tells her she'll never be good enough, productive enough, loved enough, ANYTHING enough--range from the amusing to the heartbreaking and will be all too familiar to anyone who's ever dealt with doubt in their creative endeavors. ...more
Rob McMonigal
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My friend Lucy took a drawings during October idea and expanded it into this awesome book, which allows her to speak frankly to the reader about her own insecurities. It's cute on the surface, but the deeper meaning is where things really shine. In today's atmosphere, a book like this is essential for those of us with a lot of self-doubt. ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This such a wonderful book. It's adorable, infinitely relatable, vulnerable, and all-around delightful. The art is absolutely fabulous and evocative. Buy it. Read it. Start referring to the annoying voice in your head that criticizes you constantly as "that little jerk." ...more
Rose Del Vecchio
I love using the Demon Dialogues in my work in wellness. It's a really great visual representation of the struggles of talking to yourself and being critical of your own work. I appreciate that Lucy has put so much time and effort into this project, and bringing it into the world! ...more
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We all have inner demons. This book illustrates the inner battles we contend with daily. This book is the perfect gift or read for most of us struggling with our inner voices telling us things we don't always need to hear. Also, I love my plush demon! ...more
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Lucy Bellwood is a professional Adventure Cartoonist based in Portland, Oregon. Her comics projects have covered a range of expeditions, including rafting trips through the Grand Canyon, cutting-edge oceanography in the Pacific, and an expedition aboard the last wooden whaling ship in the world.

She is the author and illustrator of Baggywrinkles: a Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea, an educational, aut

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