|About the Author: Daniele Rossi lives in Toronto, Canada and watched cartoons, drew comics, and stuttered all his life. Daniele produces the Stuttering is Cool podcast and authored a stuttering survival book of the same name featuring comics starring Franky Banky, the fox with a vox that blocks! Daniele also co-founded Stutter Social, an online community facilitating group video chats for people who stutter all over the world and regularly appears on radio and TV programs to spread awareness about stuttering. Daniele is an advisory member to the board of the Canadian Stuttering Association and draws Franky Banky comics for the Association des bègues du Canada newsletter. In his spare time, Daniele enjoys strength training, amateur astronomy, animation history, planning his next adventure, and working on his upcoming Franky Banky book for children.|
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!
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