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 seven, Georgia’s frustration hits its peak. The sympathetic looks and good intentions of friends misfire, as they make assumptions about how Georgia’s disability affects her. Thinking they know what’s best for her gets old real fast, and leads to Georgia needing to get away from everyone.
What’s more, Georgia has hit a boiling-point with the medical treatment of her throat injury. Nothing seems to be helping, in fact though she’s hardly been talking, her condition only seems to be getting worse, and she lets her doctor know about her frustrations.
With an essay by Ely Rosenblum, PhD, about working against Audism, the discrimination and marginalization of people for whom audible communication is difficult or impossible.