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.