Trying out easy iPhone post-from-bed method. Apologies if I don’t succeed. Working through characterization of main characters for my Lyme comic, which I hope to do for the graphic fiction class I am auditing (barely). Here is work in progress on my bad guys. Feel free to offer ideas about them! I’m all ears and eyes.

These are Borrelia, the now-familiar spirochetal bacteria, syphillisish in its tenacity, ehrlichia (anaplasmosis), a mean bastard who turns tail and runs at the first squirt of doxycycline. Babesia is the real spooky other. Unpredictable, unseeable, really destructive.

Question in my mind… Do I portray antibiotics as weapon or as characters in their own right? Representing the wild west of medicine? Vigilante justice? With complex motivations, not all of them virtuous? Things could get complicated pretty quickly…. Delirious thinking… Sorry…


8 thoughts on “Antagonists

  1. Oooh! Now you’re into the area where I would like to do some drawing/cartooning! I think you could look at, for instance, doxycycline’s mechanism of action. Doxycycline is a Tetracycline. This from Wikipedia:
    [They are so named for their four (“tetra-”) hydrocarbon rings (“-cycl-”) derivation (“-ine”). To be specific, they are defined as “a subclass of polyketides having an octahydrotetracene-2-carboxamide skeleton”.[1] They are collectively known as “derivatives of polycyclic naphthacene carboxamide”.

    Tetracycline antibiotics are protein synthesis inhibitors, inhibiting the binding of aminoacyl-tRNA to the mRNA-ribosome complex. They do so mainly by binding to the 30S ribosomal subunit in the mRNA translation complex.]

    This would be fun to research and get images of. We could look at some medical illustrations in my textbooks showing just how a protein synthesis inhibitor would inhibit tRNA binding with mRNA and come up with interesting battlefields that are loosely based on how Doxycycline destroys. Other antibiotics will have different mechanisms of action . . .

  2. This blog is the best thing EVER. Thanks for making me smile.


    A fellow sick, but not diagnosed, frustrated tick wrestler

    PS Hope today is one of the good ones.

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