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Mom's Cancerby Brian Fies
2005 Eisner Award Winner for Best Digital Comic
Synopses & Reviews
Each year, approximately 1.5 million people in the United States and Canada are diagnosed with cancer. This is one family's story.
Winner of the 2005 Eisner Award in the category of Best Digital Comic for the original Web version, Mom's Cancer is now available as a graphic novel. An honest, unflinching, and sometimes humorous look at the practical and emotional effect that serious illness can have on patients and their families, Mom's Cancer is a story of hope-uniquely told in words and illustrations.
Brian Fies is a freelance journalist whose mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. As he and his two sisters struggled with the effects of her illness and her ongoing recovery from treatment, Brian processed the experience in his journal, which took the form of words and pictures.
The story that came to be known as Mom's Cancer first gained notice on the internet. It was posted anonymously, with the intention of sharing information and insights gained from his family's experience. Thanks to the words and illustrations of Brian Fies, readers have already responded that they were surprised and gratified to realize that they weren't along.
"Don't let the title put you off: collecting the Eisner Award-winning Web comic of the same name, this story is more about how a life-altering event affects an entire family than another Lifetime disease-of-the-week story. When freelance writer Fies finds out his mother has both lung cancer and a brain tumor, her attempts to fight the disease — including rounds of radiation and chemotherapy — pull her entire family into the struggle. Fies is gentle but honest in telling his story. He refrains from painting his mother as a saint, depicting her instead as someone getting through a horrible situation by refusing to acknowledge just how bad it is. Nor does he shy away from the more complicated emotions his mother's health generates, including a sometimes heated rivalry with his two sisters (knowledgeable 'Nurse Sis' and empathetic 'Kid Sis'). Fies is most compelling when he finds insight in small details unique to his mother's experience, such as the strength she draws from a leather purse her father made while confined in a tuberculosis sanitarium. The clean, simple comic-strip quality of Fies's art fits the story perfectly, highlighting the gravity of the situation while cutting away undue sentimentality. Mom's Cancer is a quiet, courageous account of one family's response to a universal situation." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?, the long-awaited follow-up to Mom's Cancer, is a unique graphic novel that tells the story of a young boy and his relationship with his father.
Spanning the period from the 1939 New York World's Fair to the last Apollo space mission in 1975, it is told through the eyes of a boy as he grows up in an era that was optimistic and ambitious, fueled by industry, engines, electricity, rockets, and the atom bomb. An insightful look at relationships and the promise of the future, award-winning author Brian Fies presents his story in a way that only comics and graphic novels can.
Interspersed with the comic book adventures of Commander Cap Crater (created by Fies to mirror the styles of the comics and the time periods he is depicting), and mixing art and historical photographs, this groundbreaking graphic novel is a lively trip through a half century of technological evolution. It is also a perceptive look at the changing moods of our nation-and the enduring promise of the future.
Praise for Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?
and#147;A graphic novel that looks like TVand#8217;s and#147;Futuramaand#8221; bred with The Golden Age of Comic Books, Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? is at times charming, at times sad and foreboding, and always thought provoking.and#8221; and#151;Air and Space Smithsonian
"A hopelessly optimistic moon-age daydream"and#151;The Village Voice
and#147;An exceptional and highly engaging experience.and#8221; and#151;The Miami Herald
"Whatever Happened To The World Of Tomorrow is a very special book that will speak to you on so many levels. And at the end of it, when you sit there and think on what youand#8217;ve just read, it may even make you, like it did me, realise that Fiesand#8217; vision of our past and his hope for the future is something we can all share in. Quite brilliant."and#151;Richard Bruton, forbiddenplanet.co.uk
FandP level: Y
About the Author
Brian Fies is a writer and cartoonist who lives in Northern California with his wife, twin teenage daughters, and three cats. Mom's Cancer is his first graphic novel.
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