Comics for therapy and outreach

Comics for therapy and outreach

As a truly immersive medium, comics are a great way to engage and touch lives. I’ve recently came across a beautiful digital comic called Cancer Owl created by Matthew Mewhorter who is currently undergoing cancer treatments. Matthew turned to drawing comics about his treatments as a way to cope and share with others who are also going through…

My comic strip campaign for stuttering awareness

International Stuttering Awareness Day takes place every year on October 22. I like to plan an awareness campaign each time. In the past I’ve created audio podcasts, special Google+ Hangouts throughout the day, blog posts, and tweeting stuttering fun facts mixed in with a few silly, made up ones for engagement. This year, I decided on creating a series of comic strips. I chose a few common stuttering misconceptions and added a one-panel comic strip to them. I wanted to use humour (my speciality) to politely inform and educate. The strip above is my favourite of the bunch. I posted the rest of my comics below. Since my goal is to spread awareness, I designed the graphics to be viewable and shareable on social media networks. And since there’s a lot of noise on social networks these days, I opted for a minimal and straight-to-the-point design. I also created one for the kids! Of course, they aren’t really on social media but this would be more of an offline campaign or B2B (speech language pathologists, schools, etc.) of sorts. The cartoon fox is Franky Banky who is the protagonist in my illustrative self-help book for my fellow people who stutter. So yes, my other goal is to spread brand awareness (hence the brought-to-you copy at the bottom). The International Stuttering Association hosts an online conference every year in October leading up to International Stuttering Awareness Day. Head on over to isad.isastutter.org if you’d like to learn more about stuttering and what it’s like to live with stuttering. You can also check out my podcast, Stuttering is Cool...

Beautiful graffiti mural in Toronto

It has been quite a while since I’ve taken the GO train. I rode the iconic green and white public transit locomotive the other day when I attended a day-long conference about social media in the health care industry. To my surprise and delight, the ugly graffiti all over the sound barrier near Union Station was replaced with a beautiful mural of graffiti. So I Storyfied it (I embedded it below but it seems Storify doesn’t work all the time. Click here if you see nothing). [View the story “Toronto Reclamation Project – Graffiti!” on Storify] Toronto Reclamation Project – Graffiti! It’s been 2 years since I took the GO train and to my surprise, a particular area filled with ugly graffiti was painted over with a mural of beautiful graffiti! I did a quick Google search and learned that it was all made for a project. Read on… Storified by Daniele Rossi· Sun, Feb 03 2013 07:53:02 Reclamation Projecttwicetoldtale How Canada's largest graffiti mural came to ParkdaleAug 15, 2012 … It's also a way for Urbancorp to give back to the community, Gabriell … I spotted this in-progress from a VIA tr… Reclamation Project, Toronto, ON – a set on FlickrExcerpt from the Toronto Star: A graffiti mural project nearly completed in … “The Reclamation Project” has, for the past several wee… Vandalize this | The Grid TOPHOTO: SEAN DECORY/THE GRID For the past few weeks, the biggest graffiti mural in Canadian history has been taking shape on a concrete...

Flame War

Are you an Apple fanboy? An Android fanboy? Does it even matter? We sure tend to get quite passionate in the tools and brands that we use. While there can be plenty of reasons to argue about which device is better but… why bother? Looking at it from the big picture, both companies accomplish the same thing. As with Microsoft, they all enable us to communicate. And most times with the same tools. One of 9 paintings in my exhibit at Camaraderie. The theme is digital...