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Comic Book / El Deafo

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El Deafo is a 2014 graphic novel memoir by Cece Bell, chronicling her childhood up to 5th grade as a deaf person in The '70s and The '80s, as well as depicting everyone ironically as "rabbit people".

An Animated Miniseries adaptation was released on Apple TV+ on January 7, 2022. The trailer can be seen here.

The graphic novel provides examples of:

  • Big Brother Bully: Laura is like this to her little sister, making her the target of "the dining room game", where you have to walk around the dining room table until Laura sics her dog. Cece is also subject to the game once.
  • El Spanish "-o": The title of the book and a nickname Cece gives herself. Not only is the Spanish word for "deaf" "sordo", but in Cece's case, it would actually be "La Sorda" because she's a girl.
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  • Furry Lens: A semi-autobiographical work illustrating human beings as rabbits.
  • Heroic BSoD: Martha feels awful when Cece accidentally runs into a tree branch and pokes her eye, blaming the incident on herself when it wasn't. She would then avoid or run away from Cece if she notices her, though they would reconcile at the end.
  • Little Bit Beastly: The characters are depicted as "rabbit people". They are mostly human-like except for their ears and noses.
  • Love Floats: A frame shows Cece doing this metaphorically after she heard that Mike knows The Beatles.


The Animated Adaptation provides examples of:

  • Creator Cameo: Cece Bell herself acts as the narrator of the story.
  • Stylistic Suck: After Cece loses her hearing, most of the voices are muffled unless they're in an Imagine Spot or speaking through her phonic ear microphone.