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February 7, 2020

EUrly comics day

Filed under: Brexit, comics — ootastic @ 12:40 pm

Last Saturday I decided to combine Brexit and Hourly Comics Day and got a bit carried away with my son’s colouring pens!


Forgot to say: Finland, France, Germany, Croatia, Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Belgium, Ireland, Romania.

July 9, 2019

Vital Statistics

Filed under: comics — ootastic @ 5:51 pm

April 1, 2019

Shades of Graze

Filed under: comics — ootastic @ 4:32 pm


September 11, 2018

Collected parenting comics

Filed under: comics, parenting — ootastic @ 4:52 pm

After years of reading infertility comics, my attention has turned to those dealing with parenting. My family have just reached the end of our first long school holiday (thank goodness for retired grandparents!), so I’ve been collecting some of my favourites while I’ve had the chance. As per that previous link, online comics magazine The Nib occasionally includes relevant non-fiction (which I nearly mis-typed as “mom-fiction”) stories such as Bicultural Parenting by Nidhi Chanani and Maternity Aggrieved by Matt Lubchansky. Mutha Magazine, which explores real-life stories of motherhood, regularly features lengthy comics.  In book form, Kate Evans has published an illustrated guide to breastfeeding in The Food of Love while Lucy Knisely’s autobiographical Kid Gloves is due in February 2019. As I’ve touched on in previous blog posts, several graphic medicine books have been created by parents (bereaved or otherwise) about their children, including Billy, Me & You by Nicola Streeten and Hole in the Heart by Henny Beaumont. Meanwhile, one-pagers by TwistedDoodles often include the antics of her toddler twins.  From the male perspective, LunarBaboon and Fowl Language Comics never fail to make me laugh. It should be noted that these just a few of the many parenting comics available – feel free to suggest some more!

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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