Panel 1: “Author Vs. Doubtroach” by Merc Rustad
A person sits at a desk, typing on a computer. An arrow points to them that says “author.” They wear an orange hat with the word MERC on it. In the upper left hand corner is a “doubtroach,” a gray tick-like creature with teeth. A thought bubble by the author reads: “Awesome! I just finished a new story! Now I can send it out on submission!”
Close-up on the doubtroach as it launches itself off the wall, screaming: “NOOOOO!”
Its eyes glow red.
The doubtroach lands on the keyboard. The author looks startled. The doubtroach says in a speech bubble: “IT SUCKS.”
Close-up on the author’s face. They say, hesitantly, “But…”
Close-up on the doubtroach. It says in all caps: “NO.”
All around in faint shades of gray text are doubts, such as no one will read this, you suck, stop writing, give up.
Close-up of the author’s face again. They raise one eyebrow.
Back to close-up of the doubtroach. Its eyes glow bright red in fury.
The author smirks at the camera as they FLICK the doubtroach off the keyboard. It flies towards the wall, screaming: “Ahhhh!”
The doubtroach splats against the wall and groans. The author smiles at the computer. The computer screen is filled with a bright purple text: SENT!
*FIN* is written in bright purple, with lots of stars surrounding it. Merc Rustad has signed their name in the bottom right hand corner.