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Miriam Engelberg was diagnosed as having breast cancer at the age of 43. She was a computer programmer working in the non profit sector and loved comics, in fact, influenced by Peter Kuper and Harvey Pekar, she drew strip cartoons about her work and published them on line. Obviously a creative and introspective individual, she had previously written monologues and plays about various interests and aspects of her life. When cancer was diagnosed she started to draw cartoon strips about her experiences. A couple of things set this work apart from Cancer Vixen: unlike Marissa Marchetto, Engelberg was not a trained… Read More
The title really says it all. This is more an illustrated book with comics elements rather than a graphic novel per se. It is New York cartoonist Stan Mack’s homage to his lover Janet Bode who died of disseminated breast cancer, a touching and engaging account of their experiences in “Cancerland”. Unlike the other books about cancer listed on this site, this one is about dying rather than surviving. Written by the carer rather than the patient, it also covers the grief, lonelyness and legal complications of the immediate bereavement period. It covers similar themes to Cancer Vixen and Mom’s… Read More
Cancer Vixen is the illness story of Marisa Marchetto, a New York Cartoonist. She was drawing a regular magazine strip when she discovered she had breast cancer. Thrust into a confusing world of expensive specialists and confusing treatment options, she had let her medical insurance lapse and would have been faced with crippling bills of about $200,000 to pay had her fiance, restauranteur Silvano, not been able to add her name to his insurance. The story documents the investigations and treatment she went though. The overall style of the book, with clear-line drawings and flat bold colours, is up-tempo and… Read More