Mom's Cancer

Mom s Cancer Mom s Cancer is a graphic novel about one family s struggle with metastatic lung cancer Honest unflinching and sometimes humorous it is a look at the practical and emotional effect that serious ill

  • Title: Mom's Cancer
  • Author: Brian Fies Charles Kochman Barbara Fies
  • ISBN: 9780810958401
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mom s Cancer is a graphic novel about one family s struggle with metastatic lung cancer Honest, unflinching, and sometimes humorous, it is a look at the practical and emotional effect that serious illness can have on patients and their families In the end, it is a story of hope uniquely told in words and illustrations.

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    2 thoughts on “Mom's Cancer

    1. Brian Fies is a science writer, illustrator, and cartoonist whose widely acclaimed first graphic novel, Mom s Cancer, won the 2005 Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic the first web comic to win the award and inaugurate this new category , the Lulu Blooker Prize for Best Comic, the Harvey Award for Best New Talent, and the German Youth Literature Prize, among other awards and recognition He lives in northern California.

    2. How does one deal when the only parent you have left is diagnosed with cancer? Brian Fies created a web comic to deal with the looming death of loved one. This book is the complete collection of the strips from the orginal Eisner Award winning web comic. This is a physical copy of something that once available only in the internet, it is actually a step back from its roots in cyberspace, with the current trend of comic publisher going for digital release. But there was a price for its release a [...]

    3. It was Susan Sontag who wrote: “Illness is the night side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.” This little graphic memoir is the story of a family visiting and living in the kingdom of the sick. The author's mother was diagnos [...]

    4. Warning: this one is a tearjerker (the book, not my review). Fies recounts his mother’s battle with metastatic lung cancer and the family dynamics that took place during this time. Having gone through a (fortunately lesser) version of this myself this past year, it was both difficult and comforting to read. Ever since losing my father, I’ve felt individuals who go through certain traumatic experiences are all somehow linked to others who have gone through similar experiences. Relationships a [...]

    5. This last year and a half of my life is as it reads in this book. This is a must read for cancer patients, for caregivers, and for doctors. While cancer treatments differ, there are many similarities in the roller coaster ride that are the treatments, scans, emotions. This was so relatable, even down to patient advocating. A must read. Woody swear scale- you are safe. There wasn't a single one.

    6. This started as a web comic of the story of the author's mother cancer. After 45 years of smoking, Mom developed lung cancer which moved into her brain and formed a tumor. The story starts with her initial diagnosis, and follows the author & his two sisters through the chemo, radiation, hope and anxiety of the ugly face of cancer. The drawing style is clear and accessible. The story is well-paced and doesn't get bogged in overly sentimental meandering. The grief and pain are so obvious that [...]

    7. I expected this one to hit close to home, but it left me surprisingly cold. The storytelling felt strangely detached, misguided in places, not fully realized. Has its moments, but could have been so much more.

    8. This one hits too close to home. My mom could have been in this comic. Almost verbatim this is truly how it goes when someone is diagnosed with lung and brain cancer. This is an honest story of hope and loss. It could be a cancer manual of what to expect if you or a loved one is facing this terrible disease. Inspiring, funny and educational. A must read

    9. Emotional. Real! Tearful! Can help anyone facing cancer or person that loves someone dealing with it too. I read as a nurse--a real learning experience for me, though I been through it myself once all ready!

    10. I read this after "Can't we Talk About Something More Pleasant?" and they couldn't be more different in tone despite both being about caring for elderly parents. This was collected from a serial comic and was written as it was happening rather than in retrospect, but also differs in so many ways from the other work (only child versus one of three who is least connected to the process), background of the author (artist versus chemist/physicist/science writer/artist), relationship to the parent(s) [...]

    11. "Death gets us all But there's no shame in making him work for it."This is a quick read, and emotional, to say the least (especially if you've watched someone suffer through cancer.) A good addition to any to-read pile for folks looking for something they can relate to in the midst of medical troubles, though not recommended if you're looking for something to make you feel good.

    12. From the first pages I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Sure, Fies’ work is an Eisner Award winner, a book form graphic novel born out of an anonymous, online comic strip the author wrote as a kind of self-therapy while dealing with his own mother’s cancer. That alone is quite a bit to recommend the work. But there was something about the simplicity of Fies’ lines that gave me pause. It’s a little cartoony with very little depth of image (a complex panels is the narrator sitting in [...]

    13. A really quick read, this is a collection of very short vignettes that narrate the course of Fies' mother's fight with lung and brain cancer, along with the author and his two adult sisters. It's cutely drawn, with a light and often clever touch. As I went through it at the speed that it would take to eat a leisurely breakfast, I figured it wouldn't stick with me all that strongly. But it was a little deceptive: it felt superficial but dug deeper than I initially thought. And as I read the two a [...]

    14. I was nervous about reading this. I watched my own mother suffer through cancer and it is a very sensitive subject. However, I feel the author captured a good picture of what it can be like when someone you love is ill. Life changes. People change. Many of his experiences mirrored that of my mother's and my own. If you've never experienced the effects of cancer, this book can give a glimpse into that horrifying world and hopefully plant a seed of compassion in those who need it. It reminds me to [...]

    15. This was pretty short and to-the-point. I really enjoyed reading it. The art was very clean, and most of it is in black and white.There wasn't really a whole lot of character development, but I basically liked all the characters anyway. The title itself makes you feel sympathy for the mother. It was pretty sad in some parts.Still a good short comic. Also has a nice "don't smoke because it'll catch up to you" message in it.

    16. Wonderfully written, in a style like Brian just sat me down and told me the story of his family.And this is a graphic novel - illustrated with the casual, delightful style of mid-century USA comic strips. SO very very descriptive of emotions with a few perfect strokes.

    17. Short little graphic novel that wasn’t as heart-wrenching as I thought it would be. I wish it had a bit more depth, but I suppose that’s also unfair since “Mom’s” cancer treatment is a finite affair. We’re all going to have to deal with death, or already have, both of our loved ones and ourselves. Mom’s Cancer shows one way that a family managed the process. It’s not a manual for dealing with death and cancer, and nothing can prepare you fully for the emotions you’ll experience [...]

    18. Loved this. Honest memoir with relatable, cartoon-style art. A love song to the author's mother; a great perspective on major illness.The author is a science writer; I wish he'd implicated the tobacco companies instead of blaming smokers. "Just Desserts," p. 55, made me uncomfortable because while it's understandable to have this feeling of anger and blame towards smokers when your loved one is ill; I would have liked a follow-up comic where he reflects more on that feeling and questions it.

    19. p.26 Somehow, saying 'I told you so' turned out to be a lot less satisfying than I imagined.p.89 Death gets us allbut there's no shame in making him work for it.Artistry within the panels accentuate the story in an impressive way. A large percentage of the panels, especially those focused upon the family dealing with cancer, are in black and white, making the color panels standout. The color panels presenting the family members as superheroes is excellent; a highpoint of the work for this reader [...]

    20. This honest and touching memoir about three adult children dealing with their mother's battle with cancer kept me turning the pages until the book ended all too suddenly. At just 115 pages, this little book, which began as a web comic, packs an emotional wallop that will leave readers wanting more.For those who've read the book: (view spoiler)[I felt cheated at the end of the book when Brian revealed how his mom, Barbara, died. I wanted to see it in graphic novel form. It's like the book was alr [...]

    21. A story of hope. Made me feel so grateful that, although my mom had lung cancer, she never had to go through radiation (or chemo). Loved the illustrations and that this book was picked up by medical professionals to better understand how patients and their loved ones feel during the entire cancer "process." Fies's mom wrote the afterword, which really added to the real-ness of what everyone went through, especially since she was the patient (and survivor). I loved her last paragraph: "Cherish re [...]

    22. I always like a good graphic novel, especially one centered around a topic that wouldn't necessarily demand the graphic novel style. Mom's Cancer, like Maus I: My Father Bleeds History, deals with a difficult concept in a very light, yet contemplative way. The voicing and emotional depth strike well, making it one of the rare books to elicit a strong response from me.I don't know if I would've been more impressed had the book ended differently, or even if it could've been successful if it had, b [...]

    23. I picked this book up from the second-hand bookshop because it won an Eisner award. Kind of wondered if this was the right thing to do, seeing as how my own mum died of cancer eight years ago and I try to stay away from movies or books that has to do with said disease no matter how hopeful and inspiring it is, simply because it hits too close to home.Mom's Cancer is honest, sometimes brutal, sometimes funny, and full of love. These are the bits that I missed; the episodes that my mum kept away f [...]

    24. Originally rated G by Marta WilkinIn its web form, this graphic novel won the Eisner Award for best Digital Comic. It is the story of a woman who smoked for nearly 1/2 century and is diagnosed with lung cancer, metastasized to the brain. She goes through chemo, radiation, and all of the accompanying issues, with the "help" and input of her family. Having lost a brother last year in a similar situation, and cancer being so prevalent, I think many older students could identify with this story, and [...]

    25. ​The way this story was worded made it very easy for people of any age to read. There were a few big words but they were supposed to be there and he made it seem like not even the characters in the book were supposed to know what they mean. It was a very well executed way to tell such a sad story. I really liked this author. He made it a very fun read, the way he had some parts of the story so over-exaggerated was funny. But at the same time it is about such a serious topic that there were som [...]

    26. I would recommend this book to the family members of any patient facing a threatening medical diagnosis. There is something about the cartoon format that helps thinking about the medical treatment process for your loved one more palatable. The illustrations are terrific at capturing the emotions that a family and patient experience when facing a cancer diagnosis. This book could not be more accurate in the way they portray the interaction between physicians and their patients and their loved one [...]

    27. I picked this up by accident one day when I was at the library, and figured I would give it a try as it was a 2005 Eisner Award winner. It is a true story of the author/illustrator Brian Fies and his mother's struggle with stage IV lung cancer and the brain tumor caused from it. It shows the effect not only on his mother, but what it did to him and his sisters as they took care of her through the rounds of chemo. I've known several family members and friends with cancer and I'm not sure I could [...]

    28. This was originally a webcomic, chronicling the author's experiences while his mother went through a very aggressive treatment for large-cell lung cancer that had moved into her brain as a tumor. Sometimes funny, often very sad (I cried multiple times), it is an excellent look at the thoughts and feelings people in such situations have. I became interested in this book because my mother is dealing with an aggressive form of breast cancer, and it was interesting to me to see how other people felt [...]

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