October 19, 2012
New Graphic Novel by Ellen Forney, “Marbles”
: Cover art by Ellen Forney..
Design Faculty member and Stranger Genius Award-winner has a new graphic memoir, Marbles, coming out November 6 and it is already creating incredible buzz. It’s received rave reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly, Curve, Bust, O Magazine, Sherman Alexie and more. Marbles has also just been named been named “One of The Season’s Best Graphic Novels” by TIME Magazine.
Ellen will sign books at two Seattle launch events, Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 pm at the Seattle Public Library, Central Branch and Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 pm, at Elliott Bay Books. You can also meet her at other events around the country between November 12 and 7.
From the publisher, Gotham Books, “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?”
Learn more about Marbles here.
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