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The "Callous" Stress Relief

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 Under: Callous

When I was interviewed for a national newspaper regarding Callous I was asked if I considered my work as a cartoonist as a form of stress-relief.  I didn't really know it then, since I felt relatively "stress-free", but since I enjoyed what I was doing I figured it helped.

Oh, how little I knew.

Now after only A DAY of not drawing comics I feel the full weight of what I do on my day job and I can hardly believe I managed to get by during years of putting cartooning on hold when I was starting out my career as a physician.  It's almost akin to having an umbilical cord cut (not that I remember what that felt like, but I hope you get the picture).  My cartooning puts certain things in perspective, makes me more philosophical about life and the medical profession, and yes, is a huge stress-reliever!

I'll get by, of course such is the way of things, while I'm on break from Callous to concentrate fully the next month and a half on my training (I'll still make Sunday comics, so it's not a total break).  But I certainly miss having a guardian duck around every day.

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Tags: cartooning  comics  stress 
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About the Author

Carlo Jose Caz is a practicing licensed physician, professional voice actor/talent, writer, and cartoonist. He has been working on the Callous comic strip since 1996, winning several of The LaSallian's Silver Quill awards for his work. He has written several published short stories. He currently lives in the Philippines with his wife and two children.


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