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El Deafo Chapter 9 Deep Dive is UP!

25 May

I hope you are all having a restful long weekend.

The deep dive into Chapter 9 of El Deafo is up. Easily the hardest chapter to write. I’m still kinda ashamed of my bad attitude about sign language when I was a kid…and very ashamed of kicking my sweet mama in the shin! But maybe this video will give some deeper understanding into how I was feeling when I was young.

My attitude about sign language is 100% different now. But I STILL have not learned sign language…no real excuse except time and age and life and everything else. And oh yeah, and I’ve never been a natural at learning new languages. But Tom and I might need to learn some now because lip-reading in a masked world is not looking too pretty. I’ll need an interpreter and I don’t want Tom to have to take off the mask to talk to me!

Here’s hoping I haven’t offended anyone with this particular chapter, or with this video about this chapter. Like I said, a real tough one to write.

I hope you’ll enjoy the video! Here it is…and XOXOXOX to you all.

It’s Monday at 10:00 in the morning! That means a deep dive into Chapter 8 of El Deafo is UP! @abramskids

18 May

It’s the chapter that’s all about that wretched sleepover at Ginny’s house! So many ups and downs! So much awkwardness! And…yuck! Make-up! Which I am still avoiding after all these years!

Find out more about the movie “Somewhere in Time” and how so many girls from my generation loved the music featured in it. Find out why I have so many fillings in my head! And see a picture of me as the Grim Reaper!

And please note, I did use a couple of the composer John Barry’s music excerpts from the internet that don’t belong to me…I’m hopeful that because they are such short snippets, I will be OK…and if you’re reading this and YOU are the one that posted or owns those snippets, please forgive me! It’s educational, I promise!

Anyway, here’s the link. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

An inside look at Chapter 7 of El Deafo airs today at 10:00 AM EST!

11 May

TV, TV, and more TV!!!

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these really trying times. If you’re like me, then you are watching quite a bit of TV to help you get through it, and to numb your worries from time to time — in half-hour installments, at least.

Anyway, I love TV and this chapter of El Deafo is all about that love. TV brought me great comfort as a kid, and it certainly is doing the same thing now.

Find out why in this installment, which is chock full of references to the best (and worst?) of popular culture. Plus, I dust off the old tenor saxophone to bring you stunning renditions (ha ha) of the theme songs of some of the shows referred to in the book. Here’s a little musical compilation “advertisement,” not unlike those of my youth:

Also in this episode, you’ll learn a little bit about closed captioning and my first decoder box from Sears and just how much captioning matters to deaf viewers like me.

And finally, you’ll learn the TRUTH about the name “El Deafo”!

Here’s the video, coming today at 10:00 AM EST:

Thanks for tuning in!

An Inside Look at Chapter 6 of El Deafo is UP!

4 May

PLUS: Everyone’s #1 question gets answered: why are all the characters bunny rabbits???

I’m back with a new video! This time, it’s a deep dive into chapter 6 of El Deafo.

In this video, I talk about my friendship with “Ginny,” who is really a composite of two different people: 85% one person and 15% another. I talk a bit about the things I loved (and still love) as a kid: Richard Scarry books and the Beatles and the Muppets and armpit farts and Narnia (the first book in the series, at least).

I also talk about what it feels like when someone talks to you LOUD. AND. SLOOOOOW…and how it’s actually harder to read someone’s lips when they do this (even though the people who do so are very well-meaning, a fact that took forever for me to acknowledge).

Plus, a few pictures of the inside of my childhood home…what it’s like when you catch your mom smoking cigarettes…and me singing a Monty Python song!

It’s a fun one…and I’m already hard at work on the video for Chapter 7, which is all about one of my favorite things ever: TELEVISION!!!

Here’s the link for Chapter 6:

Thanks for tuning in. And May the 4th be with you! XOXOXO!

The inside look at chapter 5 of El Deafo is up!

20 Apr

Check out my latest YouTube video — a deep dive into Chapter 5 of El Deafo!

Learn a little bit more about the character Laura! See (and hear, sorry) me sing Girl Scout campfire songs! Reminisce (or find out for the first time) about Hayley Mills playing identical twins in The Parent Trap!


Here’s the link:

As always, thanks so much for watching. Stay safe!

Tomorrow: Chapter 4 of El Deafo!

12 Apr

The inside look at Chapter 4 of El Deafo airs tomorrow (Monday, April 13th) at 10:00 AM EST!

At this point in our adventure, I’ve pretty much lost my mind, as you’ll see. There’s lots of singing in the video for Chapter 4 — something I don’t normally do in public, or share — and I actually brushed my hair beforehand. But I don’t look much better…

Anyway, you’ll see some good stuff in this video…including the REAL LIVE PHONIC EAR and the TEACHER’S MICROPHONE that I used all those years ago. I even model it for you! And you’ll hear a funny story that is NOT in the book. And I talk about one of my favorite phrases, “the teachers’ lounge.” And did I mention the singing???

Here’s the link when you are ready:

Hope you are all staying healthy, safe, and sane. XOXOXOX!

Coming tomorrow: An inside look at Chapter 3 of El Deafo!

5 Apr

I hope all of you are staying healthy and staying home.

I’m finding out that making these little videos, while somewhat time-consuming, does keep my brain occupied so that I’m not thinking about the news every single second of the day (and night). It doesn’t do any good to think about it ALL the time. But we do need to think about it and stay informed so that we are always reminded that our own actions really, really matter.

Anyway, I hope you’ll tune in to my YouTube channel to check out the latest deep dive into El Deafo: chapter 3.

You’ll find out: more about Emma (and what she’s up to now); why I didn’t learn sign language in kindergarten; and lots more about lip-reading in general. Plus, you’ll get to endure snippets of my own funny sounds and imitations of different kinds of laughter!

The video airs tomorrow (Monday, April 5th) at 10:00 AM EST! Here’s the link!

Thanks so much for tuning in and please stay well. XOXOXO!

The inside story of Chapter 2 of El Deafo is airing soon!

30 Mar

True story: YouTube helps you create subtitles for your videos, which is awesome. You can upload your video, and then a little while later, like magic, it’s subtitled. However, you have to read through YouTube’s subtitles carefully and edit them, because YouTube doesn’t always understand what you are saying. For example, YouTube interpreted “El Deafo” as “Odessa.” So guess what happened? YouTube interpreted “vowel sounds” as “bowel sounds,” so that according to the subtitles, I say “All I can hear are bowel sounds.” HA HA HA HA HA HA! Apparently, the YouTube subtitling feature is a lip-reader like me!

Anyway, here’s the link to the latest installment of my deep dive into the world of El Deafo, airing soon at 10:00 AM EST today, Monday, March 30th. Thanks for watching, and please stay safe.

A deep dive into Chapter 2 of El Deafo!

29 Mar

Hey everyone! I hope you are staying well, staying safe, and staying sane.

Tomorrow, just before 10:00 AM EST, I’ll be posting a YouTube link here and on Twitter to the latest installation of the Inside Story of El Deafo. I hope you’ll check it out!

This week, we’re doing a deep dive into Chapter 2. You’ll find out a bit more about the audiologists who inspired the audiologist in the book, why I’ve been claustrophobic almost my whole life, and how kids in the 1970’s got lollipops practically everywhere they went.

You’ll also find out what and who inspired me to tell my story. (Plus, shout-outs to friends and heroes Madelyn Rosenberg, Raina Telgemeier, Scott McCloud, and Susan Van Metre.

And BIG bonus: if you don’t already know this tidbit, you’ll find out who I’m married to in real life! Spoiler alert: it’s not Mike Miller.

I hope you’ll enjoy this latest installment. Thanks so much for tuning in!

XOXOXOXOXO to one and all.

The inside story of Chapter One of El Deafo!

23 Mar

Hi there! I’m excited to present the first installment of a chapter-by-chapter deep dive into the world of El Deafo!

I’m making and editing and subtitling videos and posting them on YouTube. The first one will be visible starting at 10:00 AM today, Monday, March 23rd. Once the videos are up, they’re up for a long time, so you can watch them any time that suits you.

I’ll try to publish each new installment every Monday at 10:00 AM EST from here on out. I hope you’ll enjoy them!

Meanwhile, here’s Chapter One…followed by a few extra tidbits that I forgot to tell you about the first time around. Thanks so much for watching! Stay safe!