The Gas Implant

This is one of my early long-form comics from around 2004. The topic of the cochlear implant is very sensitive within the Deaf community, and years later, I feel that it’s been overblown. It was fun finding a lighter way to approach the topic at that time.

Text transcription:

Announcer: Imagine living in a world of silence… No birds… No music… Nothing.

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Mimi and Paul Tweak, parents of William: We were very worried when we found out the cochlear implant for our son cost so much!

We contacted Big Al, and quick as lightning he had THE ANSWER!

Big Al’s Gas Powered Cochlear Implant (TM)

Paul: Now with the Implant (TM) I spend more time with my son…

…especially in the mornings! Starting up the machine for the day allows us to bond… Just hold the side of his head, and pull.

It’s inspiring.

(motor turns on) RRRrrrrrRRRRRrrrrRRrrr

William: Thanks, Daddy!

Announcer: All this, yours for only 167 payments of $19.95! Don’t delay, call today!


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