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Welcome to Stuttering is Cool: A Guide to Stuttering in a Fast-Talking World

A cartoon fox who stutters named Franky Banky. Next to him is Ti-Ger, a tiger and metaphor of Franky Banky's stutter.

Franky Banky and Ti‑Ger present: The Ti‑Ger Analogy of Stuttering

Let’s say we have a ferocious tiger that represents our stuttering. Your tiger and your stuttering are one and the same.

A mean-looking tiger named Ti-Ger.

We can try to lock the tiger in a closet…

A fox named Franky Banky walking away from a locked closet.

…but he’s too powerful for the door so he bursts through it. The tiger is able to escape whenever it wants. And when it exits its closet, he will pounce on you, tear you up and ruthlessly kick your butt.

The tiger bursting through the locked door and pouncing on the fox

It won’t work if you try to deal with this ferocious tiger by turning your back on him. He’ll continue to kick your butt. You think to yourself “Tiger’s not there— OW! Tiger’s not there— OW!”

Denial of stuttering does not work. Covering up your stutter doesn’t seem to work either.

Franky Banky trying to hide Ti-Ger behind him.

So you turn to face the tiger…

Franky Banky looking at Ti-Ger directly in the eyes without fear.

It’s a frightening process but you confront him. And you may get beat down at first, but you don’t let that tiger make your decisions.

Slowly, your tiger begins to lose its power over you, and you begin to experience more peace and control over your life. You may even get into voluntary stuttering, which is a reversal of power. Stuttering used to make you afraid of talking and feel like a failure of communication. But as your tiger gets weaker, you get to that point that you’re more in control of yourself and your speech.

You now have the tiger on a leash and you walk around town; your fear of stuttering and social punishment is now minimal.

Franky Banky walking a gentle Ti-Ger on a leash.

You may even go up to people and volitionally stutter! “Hey! Do you wanna see my tiger?” and you reach a point where you’re actually proud of it.

Franky Banky holding up Ti-Ger. Both are smiling.

And you start showing him off. And you take the tiger back off the leash and you’re petting him.

When you face the animal, the animal can back down. When you face stuttering, it is so much easier to manage than when you try to turn your back on it.

Franky Banky petting Ti-Ger

This is what Stuttering is Cool is all about

Stuttering. It can be difficult to control, there’s no cure, and it gets you into many awkward and embarrassing situations. But that doesn’t mean you can’t live the life you want. By experiencing positive benefits from taking steps of your comfort zone, developing a healthy sense of humour, and hanging out with others who stutter, you will soon feel a lot more at ease about your stuttering. You will be the boss.

Franky Banky helps me demonstrate this in the following “drawtoon”…

Transcript

This is the outlook of author and cartoonist, Daniele “Danny” Rossi, who grew up stuttering and learned how to use his stuttering as a beneficial strength. Through Stuttering is Cool, Danny shares with you his stuttering survival tips, stories, experiences, and humour through his podcast, book, and comics featuring the adventures of Franky Banky, a cartoon fox who stutters.