Mom's Cancer

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March 2006

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“Thoughtful and detailed … Fies is able to create his own reality and does not feel restrained by the archaic templates and predictable patterns of [similar] stories. He simply tells the reader how it is, how he felt, and how it happened.” – Samantha Estevez, Graphic Medicine

• 2005 Eisner Award Winner for Best Digital Comic!

Each year, approximately 1.5 million people in the United States and Canada are diagnosed with cancer. This is one family’s story.

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.

This book is read in landscape orientation.

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“Although a very personal story, it is also universal in its lessons about the search for answers, the will to survive, and the importance of family … an emotional rollercoaster with powerful effect.”

Publishers Weekly

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“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.”

The Comics Journal

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“A revolutionary narrative.” – Matthew Miller