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A Murcian comic to give visibility to multiple chemical sensitivity (11/06/2020)

| "Toxic detective" has just been launched through a crowdfunding campaign | In life there are no heroes, but normal people in the face of impossible problems.

But everything can be further complicated if you also suffer from a rare and untreated disease that weakens every second: we are talking about Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

How can you face kidnapping if your body's main enemy, if everything you touch takes your strength, if even the fragrance of a cologne can knock you out? "Toxic detective" is a work framed within the black genre.

It is an action comic, with chases and shootings, but at the same time it focuses on SQM.

"The protagonist lives confined to his house, leaving only in specific cases, with a mask and gloves.

The COVID-19 has plagiarized that part for us," says Murcian Claudio Cerdán, well-known author of thrillers and one of its creators.

"We are used to reading comics about people flying or shooting lightning bolts through the eyes, but surprising things also happen in our reality, such as rare diseases." There are those who consider Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) as the 21st century disease along with others such as fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

MCS is an overreaction to toxics in the environment.

The WHO does not officially recognize it, but countries like Denmark or Japan do.

Now a comic is born to shed some light on this so perplexing ailment.

Be that as it may, today's society means that we cannot interact with certain people: we live hyperconnected and isolated at the same time. The drawing is carried out by Sergio Carrera, an Argentine illustrator who has worked for Image, Boom Studios or DC Comics.

"I would like to think that confinement by COVID-19 has made us more sympathetic to those affected by SQM," he explains.

"We do not intend to victimize the patient, but to show him facing great difficulties and to convey a message of personal improvement to both the healthy reader and those who experience close SQM." This is the story of an atypical hero with too atopic skin. The crowdfunding campaign started on Wednesday June 10 and will be active for some time.

Once the fundraising objective "Toxic detective" has been achieved, it will be a reality.

"For this I need the complicity of all Murcians.

The comic is on the Verkami website at a discounted price, where we also give away drawings and novels.

If we get enough people's commitment, the comic will go to press.

I am looking forward to presenting it on my land".

Source: Ayuntamiento de Yecla

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