"Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me" is a memoir about having bipolar disorder that's done in the form of a graphic novel. It's so unique compared to the other memoirs I've read. Normally I'm not one for graphic novels, but this one, of course, drew my eye because of the topic.
The author, Ellen Forney, is a cartoonist, so it's pretty logical that she'd want to turn her memoir into something graphic instead of just text. I love her artwork, and her story. It's sometimes funny while at the same time taking a serious look at what she's going through.
Here's the official summary:
"Shortly before her thirtieth birthday, cartoonist Ellen Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Flagrantly manic and terrified that medications would cause her to lose creativity and her livelihood, she began a years-long struggle to find mental stability while retaining her passion and creativity. Searching to make sense of the popular concept of the crazy artist, she finds inspiration from the lives and work of other artists and writers who suffered from mood disorders, including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, William Styron, and Sylvia Plath. She analyzes the clinical aspects of bipolar disorder as she struggles with the strengths and limitations of a parade of medications and treatments. Darkly funny, intensely personal, and visually dynamic, Forney’s graphic memoir provides a visceral glimpse into the effects of a mood disorder on the artist’s work. Her story seeks the answer to this question: if there's a correlation between creativity and mood disorders, is an artist's bipolar disorder a curse, or a gift?" (http://marblesbyellenforney.com)
Below are some examples of the art you'll find inside. (Click them for a larger view):
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