Dumb chronicles Georgia Webber’s throat injury, and her rehabilitation through not speaking. Through a well-crafted visual language, Georgia tells the story of how her work, relationships with friends, and day-to-day living is dramatically altered by not being able to talk. Prose essays by writers who think deeply about vocal cords supplement each issue’s theme.
In issue two, Georgia deals with the aftermath of her diagnosis, first by crying her eyes out, then figuring out how she’s going to operate in a life built around talking. She waits tables, and therefore will need to find a new job. She loves to sing, and she loves to hang out and chat with her friends. All of this needs to change.
In a startling use of her already established “red = sound” visual language, Georgia peels away a red version of herself, abandoning her identity as a vocal person. The red version doesn’t go easily, and wrestles the black-and-white version to rejoin Georgia’s life!
This issue’s essay is about screaming in hardcore music by Natalie Zina Walschots