THWACK - A Physician Gets A Painful Lesson In Electricity And Magnetism

SKU: 978-0-9770463-6-2 $3.00

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The concept of physician as patient is nothing new. What is unique about this story is how I handled the aftermath of a runaway defibrillator and the hilarious events that subsequently occurred -- when I treated posttraumatic stress with a magnet.


Thwack was submitted to “The Examined Life Journal” as an essay several years ago. The editors suggested I submit a poster for their narrative medicine conference. Narrative Medicine is defined by Jason Lewis, the program director, as “exploring the connection between the arts and medicine for patients, practitioners, and educators.”


I had no idea how to turn the story into a poster, but a good friend of mine, Dr. Dana Gage, an internist and an excellent writer, suggested I put it in comic book format.


I had three weeks to prepare the display and hired a local artist to draw the story in caricature. It was well received and many attendees suggested that I publish it as a graphic novel.


The story has since been expanded, and after much searching, I found Michael Lorenz, a brilliant and intuitive artist. I ran into his parents at a wedding where I lamented that I couldn’t find an artist for my story. Mike’s dad told me about his son’s work, and after I reviewed his portfolio, I knew Mike was perfect for the project.


I loved comic books as a kid and had an extensive library of Marvel and DC comics. My collection dwindled as I gave them away, sold them off, and lost them over the years to my ex-friends’ sticky fingers. Now in my sixties I regret those decisions.


I never realized how much work went into a graphic novella. Now I know.


Names, characters, places, and incidents featured in this publication are either the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons (living or dead), events, institutions, or locals, without satiric intent, is coincidental. Printed in the United States of America. Purchase of this product is an agreement for pre-order. This product expects shipment in late 2017 or early 2018.

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