My mother was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer.
made a comic strip about it.
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2003-2015 Brian Fies. Please do not use without permission. Just ask;
I usually say "yes."
Mom's Cancer is the
true tale of my mother's battle with metastatic lung cancer. The
story describes how a serious illness affects patient and family,
both practically and emotionally, in ways that I've discovered are
very common. Many readers wrote to tell me how surprised and relieved
they were to learn they weren't alone.
as a serialized Internet comic, with new installments added throughout
2004. Readership grew by word-of-mouth. People who needed the story
found it and told their friends about it. Mom's Cancer
comics industry's Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic, the Harvey
Award, and the German Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (Youth Literature
In early 2006, publisher Harry N. Abrams
a hardcover edition of Mom's Cancer
, which unfortunately meant
removing it from the Web. I'm very gratified by the reviews and recognition
the book has received, and happy that my family's story is being used
by medical professionals and reaching people I wouldn't have
thought possible when I began writing it.
In particular, the
international Graphic Medicine
movement is a group of physicians,
nurses, academics, caregivers, writers, artists and cartoonists that
I've been involved with for several years. They're developing interesting
ways of using comics in healthcare to deliver information,
tell stories (from both the patients' and healthcare providers' perspectives),
and teach medical humanities to future doctors and nurses. It's an
exciting, new and growing field full of good people.
My latest book, Whatever Happened to the World of
Tomorrow?, was published by Abrams ComicArts
(an imprint of Harry
N. Abrams, which published Mom's Cancer) in hardcover in 2009, and
in softcover in 2012.
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for the most
up-to-date information about Mom's Cancer
and my other projects.
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