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Marbles

Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir

    • 4.7 • 102 Ratings
    • $9.99
    • $9.99

Publisher Description

Cartoonist Ellen Forney explores the relationship between “crazy” and “creative” in this graphic memoir of her bipolar disorder, woven with stories of famous bipolar artists and writers.
Shortly before her thirtieth birthday, Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Flagrantly manic and terrified that medications would cause her to lose creativity, she began a years-long struggle to find mental stability while retaining her passions 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 also researches the clinical aspects of bipolar disorder, including the strengths and limitations of various treatments and medications, and what studies tell us about the conundrum of attempting to “cure” an otherwise brilliant mind.

Darkly funny and intensely personal, Forney’s memoir provides a visceral glimpse into the effects of a mood disorder on an artist’s work, as she shares her own story through bold black-and-white images and evocative prose.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2012
November 6
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
85.9
MB

Customer Reviews

ArtMotion ,

Smart, fun, informational, graphic

Forney's memoir lets us in on what it is to be a crazy artist, and understand the fears for many creatives—what will happen to my art if I take medication? She manages to make a work that makes you understand the depths of depression without being depressing, and makes you cringe a little through her manic episodes. Through the entire swing of the book she maintains a sparkling sense of humor.
This graphic novel views quite well on my retina display iPad. If I were using a lower resolution or smaller device, I would want to get a physical book instead. The pages are only viewable in full spreads format. It would be nice if the publisher allowed portrait mode viewing of single pages, as well.

aphextw1n ,

niceeee

I do not read at all, I am in my freshman year of college. I have a final due about this book in 2 days, and I finished the book in about 5 hours. The comic booky style makes this an easy read, and it is very interesting. I actually really liked this book!

Jenny Zefyr ,

Beautiful

As a human touched in this lifetime by a bipolar relative…this was so gorgeous, kind, and relieving. I love you Ellen Forney!

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