Reflection on this comic dated 6/1/2016.
Nearly a year ago, I knew I might be taking a risk with my first comic by having some fun with non-cancer people.
Maybe it was the chemo I was under at the time, or the fact that I was getting used to the ostomy bag that was making me a little cranky. Either way, I wanted to bridge some communication between someone with cancer and the reactions from everyone else. I wanted non-cancer people to feel what it was like to be surrounded with commentary. The absence of the people talking was intentional. I wanted the reader to feel the distance that cancer patients often feel from everyone. Lots of commentary with little interaction. It can feel very lonely.
This comic pissed off a friend and I haven't heard from him since. But other than him, this comic put me on the map quickly and many of my survivor friends cheered it, saying, "Yes, this is EXACTLY what it's like!"
And at the end of the day, what fellow patients and survivors think of the comic is what matters most to me.