The infamous covid-19 pandemic is underway as I type this and many of my friends who stutter have shared their experiences with stuttering while wearing a mask. For me, I noticed that sometimes it’s hard to tell that I’m even talking! So I decided to exaggerate my secondaries as a sign that I’m communicating. Then I mention that I stutter (side note: I always disclose my stuttering with a smile, however, people can’t tell that I’m smiling when I wear a mask!).
More stories of people who stutter and masks is available on the Stamily website where this comic is also featured on a post about stuttering when wearing a mask. Looks like I’m not the only one who experienced what Franky Banky did in the comic.
This comic was originally created in French for inclusion in the June 2020 issue of the Association Bégaiement Communication newsletter.
Update: August 25, 2020: I drew another comic for the ABC newsletter. This time, all about the abundance of Zoom chats in our lives. Many people who stutter reported that their stuttering increases in Zoom chats. I showed that by writing Franky Banky’s stuttering volume getting higher and higher and the pandemic goes on.