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Outbreak Diaries: 03/12/23
Outbreak Diaries by Jason Turner (2022) is a graphic novel styled account of the first year and a half of COVID-19 as experienced in Vancouver, Canada. The book began as a webcomic but was crowdfunded for publication.
The book covers Jason and Manien's life as COVID forced the world to change. Their work routines, weekly outings, basic chores even, all changed.
While being tightly focused on a few square blocks in Vancouver, in and around Dude Chilling Park, there's still a universality to how COVID shocked everyone and changed the basics of living for the survivors.
There are also many pages dedicated to the emotional hit that COVID brought. First with the worry over an unknown illness, then with the isolation from the lockdowns, and the lack of work and resources. But there's also the on-going fear as things try to return to normal.
The one disappointment to the book is that it just stops. There's no wrap up, no sense of a conclusion.