Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Good Press

My Internet friend Mike Peterson is a journalist in Glens Falls, N.Y. and one of Mom's Cancer's earliest readers and champions. Mike runs the "Newspapers in Education" program for the Glens Falls Post-Star and does a wonderful job of incorporating comics into his projects aimed at young readers. In a recent "Honor Roll" supplement of his newspaper, Mike dedicated a page to Mom's Cancer that I think provides one of the most insightful analyses of my story I've read.

What I like about Mike's piece is that it introduces comics as a medium that can address serious, complex, mature topics. That's news to a lot of people. In addition, he focused on individual pages or panels and dug down to examine what's really going on in them--something Mike regularly does in his analysis of political cartoons for a feature called "Drawing Conclusions" (available at www.nelliebly.org, which seems to be offline today). His article is a nice piece of work that I really appreciate.

With Mike's permission, I've put a 2.3-MB PDF of the page on my momscancer.com website. It can be downloaded HERE or by clicking the picture below. Thanks again, Mike.


Lynne said...

I like his take on the fact that this comic was a way in which you, as a cartoonist might use this as a way to express your feelings as well as tell the whole story. It must have been, and now continues to be, a very healthy way to deal with your emotions, and feel as if you, as her son, can take her story and make her life meaningful in a larger way than just to her close circle of family and friends. You are accomplishing a wonderful thing, Brian. I've said this before, to you, and to Lis, but I am so proud of you both (and Brenda too) for being such loving, wonderful, devoted children, and it speaks to the incredible success of your mother to have shaped such amazing people.
I feel proud for her.

Brian Fies said...

Thanks, Lynne. I appreciate hearing that, although I'm afraid if you knew us better you might change your opinion!