Vancouver-based Colin Upton is something of a Canadian comics legend. He’s been producing rough-hewn, Rabelaisian mini comics since the 80s that deal in equal parts with autobiography and history.
A few years ago he was diagnosed with diabetes, which prompted a massive lifestyle change, resulting in so much weight loss that when I saw a picture of the new Colin, I didn’t even recognize him.
He recently been drawing a mini-comics series called DIABETES FUNNIES, which sounds pretty heavy, but fits in well with the whole school of health based comics memoirs. He’s selling a collection on Lulu, but looking for a more serious publisher. Here’s an excerpt — be forewarned, Upton is from the old school mini-comics tradition of unslick naturalism, not the current beautiful line movement.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.