Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Ken Dahl

I thought it would be great to talk about a comic book I recently purchased recommended to me by a good friend. "Monsters," created by Ken Dahl, is one of the best auto-biographical comic books I've read in a long time. It's about a young man (Ken Dahl) who gives herpes to his girlfriend, and his life continues on a downward slope as he is at odds with his views on love, sex, and a venereal disease. Everyone shrouds themselves in a certain amount of denial, and it's refreshing to see a person admit his faults and express it in such a clear manner.

The one thing I could definitely relate to in the book was the author's problems concerning insurance. A good portion of my friends don't have any kind of health coverage, and usually that in itself leads to a lot of self diagnoses via internet searches and bizarre home remedies. It's also shocking how much false information is on the internet concerning health problems considering how many people, even those who are insured, self-diagnose. Hell, I'm even guilty of it. I won't ruin the end of the book, but you'll learn a lot about herpes simplex virus type 1 and 2 in the process.

Apparently he book was a limited print so they may be difficult to get, but I've been assured it should be reprinted soon. Definitely try to read it if you get the chance.

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