Wednesday’s Webcomic – That Deaf Guy

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Wednesday's Webcomic

This week’s webcomic is very simple, very funny, and that is also a big eye-opener about lives that maybe different from your own. Matt & Kay Daigle’s That Deaf Guy is a weekly newspaper style strip about a mixed deaf and hearing family. It’s sweet, funny, and heartwarming with straightforward and expressive art. The comic is semi-autobiographical about the Daigle’s own family. Hand signing and audible speech are portrayed the same way to help show the hearing that there is no difference in the complexity of communication available to ASL-Speakers. Since I don’t have any deaf people in my life, many of the situations or obstacles for the deaf in the comic have never occurred to me before. Such as how Snuggies take on a whole new level of usefulness when you need your hands to talk to your wife on a cold night, or not realizing how loud you are being while doing something that seems completely innocuous to you.

Screeech Chair

Desmond is a deaf stay-at-home dad and graphic designer and Helen is a professional ASL interpreter who is on-call 24/7. Their son, Cedric, is hearing and mischievous; much of the series’ humor comes from him being befuddled by other peoples wonderment and confusion at actions completely normal to him, or trying to explain to other hearing people his family’s day to day life. Cedric can often get away with a great deal of shenanigans since has no shame in using his father’s deafness and mother’s work schedule against them.

Loud Family

The Authors & their Other Works

Matt Daigle has always been profoundly deaf, so his reliance on visual communication has given him a gift for clear and concise logo design, such as for the International Breast Feeding Sign. He has been publishing cartoons online since 2008, although many of his earlier jokes were based in Deaf culture so they were hard for the hearing to understand. That Deaf Guy is co-written by Kay Daigle, an ASL interpreter, who helps interpret the day to day life of a deaf person for the hearing for the writing of the comic.

Deaf Guy Bathroom



Avatar ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jeanette Diaz has been dabbling in an array of geekery all her life, but has lately been devoting her time to video games and knitting. She is also researching various methods of doing both at once; although any solution she’s come up with seems to be an abomination unto Science or a defunct Nintendo peripheral. Other than that, she enjoys reading, web-comics, and cartoons. You can connect with her on Ravelry as planethalia. Jeanette lives in Chicago with a board game addict and two cats. Find her internet home at http://thewrongdrum.wordpress.com/

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3 Comments

  1. Avatar Ferg says:

    This is now in my daily queue…
    And I have a feeling that if I go back over past posts, my regular queue is going to grow significantly.

  2. You could use Comic rocket! It can track your place so you can catch up at your leisure.

    http://www.comic-rocket.com

  3. Avatar Wanda Plank says:

    The comics by Matt and Kay Daigle are great! They are fun, but educational. Would it be okay if I used some in a training I am doing for Social Services workers in Nebraska on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness?

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