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Mom's cancer /
Brian Fies.
imprint
New York : Abrams ComicArts, 2008, c2006.
description
115 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 14 x 19 cm.
ISBN
0810971070, 9780810971073
format(s)
Book
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author
imprint
New York : Abrams ComicArts, 2008, c2006.
isbn
0810971070
9780810971073
contents note
Introduction -- Preface -- Characters: -- Mom -- Me -- Nurse Sis -- Kid Sis -- How to diagnose lung cancer, step one -- How to diagnose lung cancer, step two -- Lying in wait -- Family meeting -- Inoperable -- Nurse Sis -- Impressive hospitality -- Terrible thing to waste -- Told you so what -- Kid sis and Hollywood -- Never tell me the odds -- Arrangement in grey and black -- Dad -- Chemo gut -- Usual unusual -- Rx kryptonite -- Hope against hope -- After the war, part one -- Mom in mathemagic land -- Just deserts -- PE -- No man deserved less at her hands -- Puzzlement -- One night at the condo -- Whose life is it anyway? -- After the war, part two -- Universe inside her head -- Many heroic returns -- We learn by doing -- Autumnfall -- Five percent solution -- Waiting for my wife to get the minivan -- Deus ex machina (an end) -- Epilogue -- Afterword -- For more information.
general note
"This edition published in 2008 by Abrams ComicArts, an imprint of Abrams"--Title page verso.
abstract
Overview: 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.
catalogue key
7330236
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2006-01-30:
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. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 2007-03-15:
A deeply touching account of one woman's struggle with cancer; a story of heartbreak and hope told with sophisticated visual invention by her adult son. Originally serialized on the Internet during the ordeal, this won the 2005 Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic.-S.R. (LJ 5/15/06) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summaries
Main Description
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 ComicArts is proud to bring this story to a whole new audience.

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