Mom's Cancer

Mom's Cancer

by Brian Fies


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Mom's Cancer by Brian Fies

Each year, approximately 1.5 million people in the United States and Canada are diagnosed with cancer. This is one family’s story.

Winner of the 2005 Eisner Award in the category of Best Digital Comic for the original Web version, Mom’s Cancer is now available as a graphic novel. An honest, unflinching, and sometimes humorous look at the practical and emotional effect that serious illness can have on patients and their families, Mom’s Cancer is a story of hope—uniquely told in words and illustrations.

Brian Fies is a freelance journalist whose mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. As he and his two sisters struggled with the effects of her illness and her ongoing recovery from treatment, Brian processed the experience in his journal, which took the form of words and pictures.

The story that came to be known as “Mom’s Cancer” first gained notice on the internet. It was posted anonymously, with the intention of sharing information and insights gained from his family’s experience. Thanks to the words and illustrations of Brian Fies, readers have already responded that they were surprised and gratified to realize that they weren’t alone. Abrams ComicArts is proud to bring this story to a whole new audience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810971073
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 03/01/2006
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 697,405
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

BRIAN FIES is a writer and cartoonist who lives in Northern California with his wife, twin teenage daughters, and three cats. Mom’s Cancer is his first graphic novel.

For updates on his latest graphic novel, Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?, visit

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Mom's Cancer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went to the library just the other day and was looking through the graphic novels section and I saw spine of this book called 'Mom's Cancer.' My grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer a couple weeks before and so I picked it up and looked at the back. Much to my surprise, she has the exact cancer as my grandmother! Well, I check it out from the library right away and take it home and read it in one night. And I was amazed by how the family's situation was much like ours the oldest brother, Nurse Sis, and Kid Sis. I enjoyed the book very much and learned a lot about cancer I was afraid to ask. And I hope my grandmother can be as lucky as Mom was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The family of a dear sweet woman reacts to mom's cancer. Artist/author Brian Fies knows how to present the grim and touching and humorous and still unfinished business without condescension and without over-dramatization. Well, not entirely without over-dramatization. The true gift of this graphic novel presentation is that the drama of a family's journey into unknown territory is presented on many levels of emotional and intellectual understanding. Living and dying with cancer have seldom been so eloquently explored. My family is grateful for Mr Fies's guidance. Mom's Cancer ought to be on the shelf of every library in the country, and especially in libraries at cancer treatment centers and of such support groups as Gilda's Club. Vince in Grand Rapids