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Mom's Cancer by Brian Fies

Mom's Cancer (2006)

by Brian Fies

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"Mom's Cancer" is a compilation of web comics that author-illustrator Fies wrote during the course of his mother's illness. Lighthearted yet insightful, Fies paints a vivid portrait of the process and of the friends, family and healthcare professionals surrounding it.

Although "Mom's Cancer" was originally a web serial, it manages to still have an overarching plot and theme. The story is very believable, and the characters are easy to relate to. It's no surprise that people in similar situations as Fies somehow found their way towards the original web comic. ( )
  jasonli | Jun 8, 2013 |
Expressionistic yet scientific chronology of a family learning that their mother has cancer. It is a gripping story of medicine as it is now practiced, and a loving family's ability to cope with it. As an appeal to stop smoking, I am not sure it is successful. ( )
  paakre | Apr 27, 2013 |
I like the way Fies did this as a graphic novel and I love that he showed himself watching the powerpuff girls on tv. ( )
  E.J | Apr 3, 2013 |
I thought I'd read this before, but I didn't remember all of it, or perhaps it's just taken on a different light after the past few years? Still award-winning for a reason, and more poignant with experience about how confusing the symptoms and the medical establishment can be.
  terriko | Apr 10, 2011 |
Visually and emotionally appealing. ( )
  kivarson | Dec 10, 2010 |
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Those who’ve gone through similar occurrences will likely find it reassuring to realize the commonality of shared experience. Those who haven’t will learn from it.
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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 alone. Abrams Image is proud to bring this story to a whole new audience.

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