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Zara Slattery

A graphic artist writing & drawing comics on the idiosyncrasies of life. Collaborations and self published comics include, Two Birds with Myfanwy Tristram, Don't Call Me A Tomboy with Kirsten Wild and Short Comings & A Small Indulgence In Orange, a collection of short stories.
Coma Comic is a work-In-progress exploring the twilight reality of life inside a drug induced coma.

Zara Slattery: Coma Comic et al

In May 2013 I contracted Necrotizing Myositis, as a consequence I lost my entire right leg and my right glut muscles. I started drawing again pretty much as soon as I could pick up a pencil and have spent much of my time since drawing comics. It’s been necessary for me to produce work that falls into the “happy’” spectrum to counter the work I’ve begun in relation to the trauma. The experience has presented lots of different avenues that I may pursue through comics: the drug-induced coma, recovery and social discrimination; raising awareness of severe Strep A infections and the education of medical practitioners * Aside from an early response I‘ve decided to tell my stories through characters that best describe my emotional being: A rabbit and tiger in the Coma Comic’ and a three-legged yeti in Coming Home. As metaphors for my emotions they create a visual shortcut for the reader. Due to the circumstance of my going into a drug-induced coma, my experience was one of fear, flight and fight. Conscious throughout, I can best describe it as a drug-induced purgatory with the primary elements being guilt and blame. One of the most interesting aspects and the subjects I wish to explore were the visual and social references that littered my consciousness. The landscape of my mind drives the narrative and by way of picturing it I first ventured into the landscape of a painter (Gustav Klimt), Don’t Pick The Flowers’ This was an exercise that enabled me to encounter issues from within and provided a stepping-stone for my own story.

*Many deaths and severe debridement could be avoided by early recognition and diagnosis. Along with the majority of others, my outcome would have been very different had the GP and hospital staff connected my symptoms, many of which were textbook.