The Most Costly Journey

the most costly journey
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The Most Costly Journey is now a book!

This non-fiction comics anthology presents stories of survival and healing told by Latin American migrant farmworkers in Vermont, and drawn by New England cartoonists as part of the El Viaje Más Caro project – a health care outreach effort aimed at addressing the overlooked mental health needs of these vulnerable immigrants. Originally distributed to farm workers as individual Spanish language comic books (scroll down to check the individual stories), this collected edition brings the lives and voices–as well as the challenges and hardships–of these workers to an English-language audience, granting insight into the experiences and lives of the people vital to producing the food we eat.

Featuring a foreword by Julia Alvarez (Afterlife), introduction by Stephen R. Bissette (Swamp Thing) and preface by project founder, nurse Julia Doucet, these inspiring stories grapple with issues encountered by migrant workers everywhere–isolation, separation, depression, substance abuse–even as they celebrate resilience, family, community, and the ability of each storyteller to direct their own healing narrative. The Most Costly Journey is a gripping work that draws together non-fiction cartooning, graphic medicine and anthropology, channeling the skills of health care practitioners, artists and ethnographers into helping alleviate the pain of others.

The Most Costly Journey is a collaboration between the Open Door ClinicVermont Folklife CenterUVM Extension Bridges to HealthUVM Anthropology, and Marek Bennett’s Comics Workshop.

The project was originally supported by the Vermont Community Foundation Innovations and Collaborations grant and other generous donors.

Publication of the English language book was made possible by our generous backers on Kickstarter. Read about it in ODC’s 2021 Summer Newsletter (pages 6 and 7).

The Most Costly Journey


Art by Marek Bennett


A Heart Split In Two - Juana, Michael Tonn
New Kind of Work - Delmar, Tillie Walden
Far From My Family - Carlos, Kane Lynch
In Your Hands - Jesus, John Carvajal
It Wasn't Our Plan - story of Ana - Glynnis Fawkes
Its Worth It - story of Gregorio - Kevin Kite
Language Is Power - story of Carlos, Bob - Ezra Veitch
Now That I Have My License - DMV - Marek Bennett
One Suffers to Provide for Family - Pablo's story - Rick Veitch
Painful to Remember - story of Jose - Marek Bennett
Something Inside / Algo Adentro - El Migrante - Marek Bennett
Suffering to Come Here - story of Rubin - Stephanie Zuppo
The Best Thing - story of Cruz family - Angela Boyle
Most Important Love of Every Woman - story of Guadalupe -Iona Fox
School of Life - story of Ponciano - Michelle Sayles
Two of Us Together - story of Alejandro, Felix - Greg Giordano
What I've Planted Here - story of Lara - Tillie Walden
You Will Be Accepted - story of Daniel - Stephanie Zuppo

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