Part memoir, part fantasy, Mammoir is a full length comic book, whose words and pictures take you on a wild ride through Fussell's experience as a fourth grade Boston teacher diagnosed with breast cancer. Mammoir is exhilarating, whimsical, serious and intense, mirroring the diverse ways cancer manifested in her life that year. The graphics and humorous characters help demystify hospital procedures, and will appeal to anyone who has visited a hospital and not understood a word the doctors have said. In addition, Mammoir is a must-read for all those in education who struggle to reach their students. Finally, this graphic novel might interest those who have had similar experiences dealing with breast cancer. Mammoir weaves the reader in and out of a fourth grade classroom, the hospital, and Fussell's imagination, often suddenly, in the same unpredictable way that she lived her life during that cancer year. The story attempts to convey how a single entity in the universe tries to rise above one of the many irrational situations that are randomly dropped into all of our laps. Get ready. Fasten your seatbelts. Enjoy the ride.
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Hailing from a legacy of eccentrics, journalists and authors, Tucky Fussell earned her living as an advertising copywriter for several agencies on Madison Avenue. For ten years, she composed national print and radio ads for clients such as Xerox, Amtrak, Frigidaire, Sony, JVC, Scandinavian Airlines, Volvo, Angel Soft, and Hoffman Laroche. Tucky, trained as both a commercial and fine artist, has had her cartoons published in The Chelsea Clinton News, Creatives' Digest, The Provincetown Paper, The Gloucester Times, and Newslinks. She has been creative director of Creatives' Digest. In addition, she has exhibited her artwork in Provincetown, Boston, NY, New Mexico, Pakistan and Kuwait. For the past ten years, Tucky has been enjoying teaching. An educator with experience in all age levels, she has taught writing in Boston, ESL in Peru, French in Pakistan, as well as art, grades 1, 3, 4 and 5. Mammoir is her first full-length graphic novel. She plans to write and draw many more.
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