Following up from the Star Wars and Marvel/DC movie parody comics I created and have up for sale in the Stuttering is Cool shop on Etsy, my latest creation is this above Dr. Seuss parody in honour of this year’s International Stuttering Awareness Day (October 22) and submitted it for the 2018 online conference. The theme for this year’s conference is “Speak Your Mind”.
I included my accompanying “paper” below for your convenience. Be sure to check out all the other papers submitted by people who stutter all over the world from different backgrounds and experiences.
Digital copies of my Dr. Seuss parody — in colour — are for sale in the Stuttering is Cool shop on Etsy.
My paper on the 2018 ISAD Online Conference website:
I had a lot of fun creating this comic in the fun and zany rhyming style of the famous educational children’s book author, Dr. Seuss! As someone who draws comics, makes buttons, and wrote a book to encourage other people who stutter to reap the benefits of growing comfortable with stuttering openly, Dr. Seuss’ unique style was a perfect way for me to draw and write in a format that I haven’t tried before.
Just like with stuttering. I used to try to hide my stuttering by switching words or not saying anything at all. I avoided speaking and even social situations only to end up making things worse like not ordering what I wanted to order and missing out on meeting new people. So I started trying something new — perform one act of courage after another in speaking situations by stuttering openly. Very quickly I began to reap the benefits of doing so. And I was finally able to speak my mind!
That is the message I am conveying in this comic and poem — stuttering is just something you and I do. It isn’t our fault. It is nobody’s fault. We can still communicate effectively since what we say is important, not how we say it. All we need is some extra time. And that’s not bad at all.
The other message I am conveying is that stuttering is just one of the many things we do. For instance, the most fluent speakers in the world cannot be interesting if the only thing they can offer is fluent speech. What about their hobbies? Interests? Personalities? Are they great at playing an electric guitar? Do they volunteer their time at non-profit organizations? Do they bake awesome cookies and bring them to parties? Can they even tell a joke well? Are they dependable in times of need?
I bet you are dependable, reliable, and have talents that others wish they had.
It doesn’t matter if you like your stuttering or not. Just don’t let it stop you from saying what you want to say, connecting with others, and allowing your true self to shine despite having a vox full of blocks!