Mom's Cancer

Mom's Cancer
Author(s) Brian Fies
Website (comic itself is no longer online)
Current status / schedule Completed
Launch date 2004
Genre(s) Autobiographical

Mom's Cancer is a webcomic created by writer Brian Fies. The comic is an autobiographical story dealing with his mother's fight against metastatic lung cancer, as well as his family's reactions to it. Although the story is mostly a serious, insightful depiction of the subject, humor (mostly subtle) is present in the writing. In March 2006, Abrams Books published a hardcover edition of Mom's Cancer, which won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis. As a result, the comic is no longer available online.

In July 2005, Mom's Cancer won the comic industry's Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic, a new category that year.

Brian Fies's mother died on October 1, 2005 from side effects of the drugs used to treat her cancer.


There are four main characters in the story, all of which are part of the family. None of the characters are ever referred by name, and the author uses his relationships to identify them.

Aside from the main characters, there are several secondary characters who appear several times, most notably the author's stepdad and his mother's head doctor.


The story is divided into chapters, each one containing several multipanel pages. Although the comic is mostly done in black and white, several chapters are done in full or partial color, primarily for effect or when color helps the understanding of the ideas that are presented. In total, there are thirty-three chapters, including an epilogue.

Chapter titles

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