Drawing the Line- a book of comics benefiting cancer research compiled by Suley Fattah and Julie Eng edited and designed by Ron Boyd

2004 Fengsuli Press, Canada ISBN: 0-9735116-0-3 104pp

Many comics listed on this site, having come out of the alternative and underground scene, tend to be critical of the healthcare systems. It is refreshing, therefore, to read a comic that was created specifically to aid the system and raise money for cancer research and dedicated to healthcare professionals.
In 2002 Suley Fattah, a famulus (magician’s assistant), illustrator and comic book collector, was diagnosed as having Hodgkin's Lymphoma. His friend Ron Boyd gave him a drawing (seen on the cover of DTL) for his 40th birthday in 2003 and the image gave Suley the idea of compiling a collection of comic strips into a book to raise money for the Sick Children Foundation and Princess Margaret Hospital, thus 'giving back' a gift to the community.
Suley persuaded many big names in Canadian comics, and some from the US and Europe to take part: the book includes contributions from Chester Brown, Dave Sim, Dean Motter, Stan Sakai, Moebius and others. The project has, to date, raised more than CD$50,000 with all proceeds going to the chosen foundations.
As might be expected, there is a diverse range of work in the book, from stand-alone drawings to multi-page stories. Some have specifically medical subject matter (such as 'The History of My Guts' by Marcel Guldemond), some not, some are funny, some tragic and some plain surreal, one of my favourites of the latter variety being Chip Zdarsky's 'Prison Funnies'.
In 2006 Suley produced a second compilation, this time of 150 pages, entitled Drawing the Line Again. It has some great work in it, I particularly like Kagan McLeod's Dr Yesteryear in "Let it Bleed".
I believe that limited numbers of DTL and DTLA are still availiable. When I ordered them, I was thrilled to find (in addition to a dedication from Suley Fattah), that my copy of DTL was signed by several of the authors.

co-ordinated by Suley Fattah and Kasra Ghanbari designed by Ron Boyd. 2006 Fengsuli Press, Canada ISBN: 1-933907-00-2 153pp


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