by Meredith Li-Vollmer
David Lasky has every reason to be excited these days. He’s had steady work as a comics artist (you may have seen his recent poster design for the Jewish Film Festival or one of his covers for The Stranger). He also won the prestigious Eisner award for his graphic novel with Frank Young, The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song.
And right now, he’s excited to have health insurance for the first time in seven years.
“I know how stressful it is when you don’t have insurance,” said Lasky. “And it’s a common experience for creative people. It’s a subject that comes up often when we get together.”
What it means to have insurance, in a four-panel cartoon
Lasky and other local comics artists and writers have created Comics 4 Health Coverage, to raise awareness that health coverage is now affordable, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.It’s a call to artists, writers, and anyone with a story to tell about what it means to have health insurance.
“I was interested in this project because I have had a few recent health scares and being an auto-biographical comic artist, I wanted to make comics out of these experiences anyway,” said fellow contributor Kelly Froh. “I also don’t think there is enough discussion about health issues among younger people, and guess what? They are in for a big surprise.”
Comics 4 Health Coverage has contributions from established cartoonists and also from people who had never made a comic but had compelling personal stories about the role health insurance—or the lack of it—has played in their lives.
“My comic was about the breast cancer scare I had last year,” explained Froh. “I chose to write about it because it’s a classic example of us thinking every lump or spot is cancerous, and that we are going to die. Luckily, I was able to get checked out, but some people would be powerless to relieve the worry without insurance.”
Comics 4 Health Coverage at Emerald City Comicon
Learn more about Comics 4 Health Coverage:
- Friday, 3/28, at 3:20 pm, Emerald City Comicon, Wash. State Convention Center (Hall-C, 610). Members speak on a panel about comics and healthcare, including Lasky and Ellen Forney, whose best-selling graphic memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me details the dilemmas she faced by her limited health benefits.
- Comics 4 Health Coverage continues to accept submissions from professional and amateur cartoonists alike. More comics and information about how to submit are at www.facebook.com/comics4healthcoverage and http://comics4healthcoverage.wordpress.com.