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Why is He Laughing?

Diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, Australian cartoonist Geoff Augustine responded in the only way he knew how, by writing and drawing cartoons. Finding humour in this new and frightening situation became his way of coping with the intense emotions and side effects of cancer during 18 months of treatment. His Instagram is @geoffaugustine and his website can be found here.

Geoff has drawn hundreds of cartoons created from raw personal experience ranging from light, funny observations through to bleak, and very black. And nothing is safe from Geoff’s pen! Oncologists, radiologists, and a myriad of health professionals along with hospitals, treatments, side effects, and equipment all find their way into cartoon panels.

In addition to his newly released book, Geoff posts a daily cartoon on Instagram. While cancer is absolutely "no laughing matter" Geoff’s work is one man sharing his experience on paper with humour while, hopefully, lightening the burden for others. His cartoons are testament to the saying, "laughter is the best medicine."

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