TCAF 2022: Susan MacLeod discusses ‘Dying For Attention: A Graphic Memoir of Nursing Home Care’

Illustration by Jenn Woodall

To celebrate the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2022, here’s my chat with Susan MacLeod about Dying For Attention: A Graphic Memoir of Nursing Home Care from Conundrum Press. This podcast is available on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. And the podcast is also available on YouTube. Please like and subscribe to that video channel.

Susan is an artist writing about the world of long-term care. Her illustrations have been published by Kaiser Permanente, Halifax Magazine, and The Globe & Mail, as well as for countless commissions. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from NSCAD University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Non-Fiction from the University of King’s College. 

Dying For Attention: A Graphic Memoir of Nursing Home Care tells the story of the time when Susan MacLeod accompanied her 90-year-old mother through a labyrinthine long-term care system, it was a nine-year journey navigating a government within a heart in a system without compassion. Her family, much like the system, erected walls rather than opening arms. She found herself involuntarily placed at the pivot point between her frail, elderly mother’s need for love and companionship, the system”s inability to deliver, and her brother”s indifference. She had also spent three years as a government spokesperson enthusiastically defending the very system she now experienced as brutally cold.

You can discover more about Susan at and on Instagram at @susanmacleodstudio


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