Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me by Ellen Forney


Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me by Ellen Forney offers a candid look at a period of her life over the course of several years treating her bi-polar disorder.

Forney picks up every rock of her life during that period and shows us the grimy underside. She (literally) draws the merry-go-round ride that describes the mood-swings of manic-depressive, or bi-polar disorder. Her diagnosis was crushing.

Throughout her memoir, she discusses her strongly held stereotype of the “crazy-successful artist”, insisting that all the greats were crazy (and presumably untreated) and if she treats her condition she will ultimately become boring and not creative. She struggles with this idea more after her therapist suggests she has a condition which may require drug treatment. Forney wants Continue reading


Graphic Novel Memoirs and the Importance of Diversity

Graphic Novels had an increased role at this year’s ALA Conference in San Francisco.  The article below talks about one of the most important topics in the comic book/graphic novel industry right now: diversity.  More and more graphic novels are being created featuring diverse characters, but perhaps even more importantly, being created by more diverse authors and illustrators.  Libraries have a great opportunity to promote diverse comics, and many are already doing so.  Here at the West Boca Branch Library, part of the Palm Beach County Library System, we are hosting our first graphic novel book discussion centered on the memoir genre.  Some of the titles we will be covering include Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel; Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, and Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me, by Ellen Forney.

For more information on our book discussion, including time, titles, and location, please see the flyer below.

If you would like to participate in our book discussion, but can’t make it to the library, please feel free to leave comments on this or other related posts.  Also, please take a minute to read this article to see all of the hard work and passion for graphic novels from librarians across the country.

ALA 2015: Graphic Novels Mark Diversity, Push Boundaries

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