"cancer is SO FUNNY" by Amy Marash Book Review

This is a book of cartoons about Amy’s bout with cancer. My favorite one is entitled: “WHY COLON CANCER DOESN'T HAVE A GOOD RIBBON.” If you haven’t seen it, or any of Amy’s other cartoons, stop reading this right now and go to her blog: http://cancerissofunny.blogspot.com/

What you’ll find is a great visualization of the cancer emotional spectrum: from fear to anger to confusion to despair to incipient hope to sorrow to sadness to courage…and I probably missed a few.

For me, many of her drawers redefine the word “sardonic” (see her “Marco Colo” cartoon).

I hesitate to call her work “cartoons.” Although they look like cartoons or comics, they have more weight, more thought and more gravitas than what I normally think a “cartoon” would have. (Although, of course, I’m somewhat disconnected from current graphic novels in modern culture.)

She selected some of her drawings for this wonderful book. If you know of somebody going through the agony of cancer detection/treatment, this book might help them. It might also help a caregiver or victim’s friend or somebody just interested in how an artist can create wonderfully evocative visuals in the throes of a life or death struggle.

My one complaint about her book is that it is too short.

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Tags: Amy, Marash, cancer, cartoons, colon

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