Everyone has a story to tell. Not all of them are true.
Set in a generic Fredericton suburb called Skyline Acres, this is the fictional biography of Martin Peters, a teenager with type 1 diabetes. The story revolves around Martin’s relationship with his on-again off-again high school girlfriend, and how, desperate to fit in, he begins neglecting his health. His condition deteriorates until, eventually, he finds himself fighting for his life in the hospital.
“When I told you, it was okay to make a book about me growing up with diabetes in Fredericton, I understood it would be about how my parents were so overprotective, about how they were so worried about my ability to manage my blood sugar that they didn’t let me play sports or allow me to go to sleepovers. But you barely touch on these things! Instead, you imply that I was some sleaze-bag pothead, desperately in love with someone I dated for, like, a month. Well, I do not appreciate this depiction, and neither does my lawyer. I’m not trying to suppress your artistic creation, but you have crossed a line here, and if you proceed with publishing this garbage, I will commence legal proceedings against you.” – Martin Peters
About Patrick Allaby
Patrick Allaby grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in December 2015. He has self-published many short comics, but Martin Peters is his first graphic novel. He moved to Kitchener, Ontario in 2017 for health insurance.