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Cartoonist Brian Fies Discusses His Eisner Award-Winning Graphic Novel "Mom’s Cancer"


Tuesday February 16, 2016: 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room


In the webcomic and graphic novel Mom’s Cancer, Brian Fies told the story of his mother’s diagnosis and treatment for cancer, and its effect on his family. "Mom's Cancer" began as a serialized Internet comic, with new installments added throughout 2004. Readership grew by word-of-mouth. People who needed the story found it and told their friends about it. The story won the comics industry's Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic, the Harvey Award, and the German Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (Youth Literature Prize) and became a pioneering work in the new field of “graphic medicine.”

Brian will talk about why and how he created "Mom’s Cancer," and the wider social communities he’s entered as a result. The event includes a book signing and books will be for sale courtesy of Bookbound Bookstore.

This event is co-sponsored by the following U-M Departments in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts: The Department of American Culture; Instructional Support Services; Office of Undergraduate Education; and the Program in Biology.

This event will be recorded