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A funny poem which reads: My speech goes bumpity bump, gets stickety stuck,goes long etty loo, And repeat um itty, too! It’s something that I do, like a cow goes moo, a cat goes meow, and an owl’s hoot hoo! I stutter on a plane, on a train in the rain, in a store with a door and in trees with some bees. I stutter, that’s ok! At home and when I roam. All I need is extra time to say what I wanna say! This is the end of the poem. To the side is a cartoon fox named Franky Banky. He is happily carrying a stick that is holding up a variety of unlikely objects. Such as a train with a raincloud over it, a store, an owl, a cow, and a cat. Three bees are also flying near the train. In true Dr. Seuss fashion, Franky Banky is stuttering Franky Banky I am!

Author’s commentary

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! His 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 an act of courage from one speaking situation to another by stuttering openly. I began to quickly reap the benefits of doing so.

This 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.

The other message I am conveying here is 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!

This comic was originally posted on the 2018 ISAD Online Conference.

Daniele Rossi's artistic signature
An illustration of the author standing next to a pile of sketchbooks. Franky Banky is sitting on top reading one of the books. Ti-Ger is sneaking around the bottom.
Book cover with an illustration of Franky Banky talking on the phone

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