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July 4, 2018

Comic review: The Zipper Club

Filed under: CHD, comics — ootastic @ 11:41 am

I was born with a congenital heart defect and am fortunate that it didn’t really affect my childhood. Aside from my scar and semi-regular hospital check-ups, I was mainly glad it got me out of doing cross country at school! But as a CHD patient and comics fan, it’s great find The Zipper Club graphic novels about a bunch of kids at Camp BraveHearts. These colourful and energetic, yet poignant, stories show them doing normal kid stuff such as making friends, playing games and telling ghost stories. I attended my first Somerville Foundation patient meet-up last October, and although we didn’t compare scars (or scares!), it was great to talk to people who can understand what you’ve been through, especially when sometimes we won’t all make it back. This year I’m going to teach them the Tetralogy of Fallot secret handshake!

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February 20, 2017

Collected cardiovascular comics

Filed under: CHD, comics — ootastic @ 5:22 pm

Over the past decade, there has been an increasing wealth of graphic narratives around subjects such as cancer and mental issues. However, as I’ve been researching and drawing about my own congenital heart defect, I’ve found a relative lack of comics around cardiovascular conditions.  I’ve summarised what I’ve found so far below and would love to hear any other recommendations.

Two graphic memoirs touch on heart issues, both recently published by the excellent Myriad Editions.  In Hole in the Heart, Henny Beaumont charts her daughter’s Down’s syndrome – including the diagnosis of and successful surgery for a congenital heart defect.  The so-called “dead baby story that is funny”, Billy, Me & You, sees Nicola Streeten dealing with bereavement following her young son’s death after heart surgery.

The Annals of Internal Medicine journal publishes an ever-expanding collection of graphic narratives and comics in their Annals of Graphic Medicine.  These include Missed It about a missed diagnosis of aortic stenosis,  the self-explanatory Atrial Flutter and Judgement Call which considers pacemaker therapy for an elderly relative.

Scientific cartoons sometimes make it into the popular press, including this one on xenotransplantation in Wired magazine (page 103).  There are also numerous newspaper-style one-frame cartoons viewable various archive websites such as CartoonStock and the Cartoonist Group.

Medical Tales Retold is an 25-episode online webcomic dealing with all matters medical, including an excerpt from Palpitations – full version accessible via the Tapastic app on iTunes or Google Play.  The same author, The Awkward Yeti, also has a series of over two hundred comics featuring the lovable recurring character Heart (plus his friend Brain) – although these are more humorous then medical!

Finally, as we all know, the Marvel comics character and lead Avenger Iron Man famously uses a magnetic field generator to prevent shrapnel from fatally reaching his heart.  I’m also amused to discover the lesser-known Marvel character Cardiac, a vigilante physician/entrepeneur battling corporate greed. Could he be the next entrant to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

 

January 13, 2017

The Scan

Filed under: CHD — ootastic @ 5:11 pm

This new comic (sort of) follows on from The Check-Up. Incidentally, I’d just seen the film Arrival and being slid into the MRI chamber seemed a bit like entering an alien spaceship.

mri

 

November 7, 2016

And beat goes on…

Filed under: CHD — ootastic @ 5:23 pm

heartbeat

September 12, 2016

The Check-Up

Filed under: CHD — ootastic @ 8:40 pm

This new comic was inspired by a recent check-up for my congenital heart condition plus the preceding few weeks of attempted healthy living 😉

check-up

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