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The Masked Stutterer

A comic strip of 5 panels. Franky Banky, a cartoon fox, is wearing a mask in the first, second and third panels. In the fourth panel a voice is asking him "Well, how would you like to pay?". It is revealed in the fifth and final panel that Franky Banky is at the cashier in a grocery store. He stutters to the cashier who is also wearing a mask, "Give me some time. I was blocking".

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 B├ęgaiement Communication newsletter.

A comic strip in 11 panels each with Franky Banky in a zoom chat with different people. A zoom chat with friends number 273 with a pile of laundry in sight and an unshaven Franky Banky, a zoom chat for work number 912 with a clean shaven Franky Banky all dressed up and laundry basket replaced by a plant, a weekly zoom chat with family month number 6 with laundry basket in view once again, a zoom chat for work number 913 with plant in place, a stuttering conference on zoom number 12 with Franky Banky all dressed up and partying in front of the computer, a zoom chat with his barber complete with hands and scissors coming out of the computer monitor and cutting Franky Banky's hair, a zoom chat with his investment advisor and Franky Banky wanting to buy stock in Zoom, a zoom chat with his girlfriend with a candle and hearts all around, a zoom chat with his doctor and Franky Banky showing where he bumped his head trying to fix his wifi, a job interview on zoom with Franky Banky sweating nervously. In the final panel, Franky Banky is wearing blue lenses and saying I really miss stuttering in real life.

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.

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2 Comments

  1. Tom Wittebrood Tom Wittebrood

    Thank you Daniele, great comic!

  2. Danny Danny

    Thanks Tom! I always enjoy drawing comics based on my real life experiences.

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