Terry Gross of NPR's Fresh Air interviewed Allie Brosh of Hyperbole and a Half about her new book, her popular website, and her battle with depression. At one point, Gross asked her why she drew herself in such an odd fashion.
BROSH: All right. So I draw myself with very crude illustrations in a program called Paintbrush. It's sort of the Macintosh analog of MSPaint. And I look very funny. I've got these buggy eyes, and I have sort of, like, a tube body and a little, like, triangle ponytail thing on the top of my head, and it's a strange sort of animal-like creature.
And the reason I draw myself this way is I feel like this absurd, squiggly thing is actually a much more accurate representation of myself than I am. It's a better tool for communicating my sense of humor and actually getting across what I'm trying to say than, say, you know, being there in the flesh. I feel like it's - that's actually one of the reasons why I don't do standup and why I do this instead, because I can use this character to communicate and make it much more accurate and true to what I'm trying to say and true to my tone.