Mom's Cancer

Mom's Cancer

Book - 2006
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Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
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.

Publisher: New York : Abrams Image, 2006
ISBN: 9780810958401
Characteristics: 115 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 15 x 20 cm


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AshRichards Nov 25, 2012

Originally a web comic, Mom’s Cancer documents the subtile to profound effects cancer can have -not only for the afflicted- but for the family, as well. Brian Fies effectively conveys, through black and white illustrations, the metamorphosis of his mom (before and after chemo). Other cancer comics I would recommend include: “Cancer Made me a Shallower Person”, by Miriam Engelberg and “Our Cancer Year”, by Harvey Pekar.

Sep 27, 2010

Realistic and oddly optimistic. A great story that makes it easy to connect with the characters.


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AshRichards Nov 25, 2012

"Death gets us all ... but there's no shame in making him work for it."

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