Marbles Mania Depression Michelangelo and Me

Author: Ellen Forney
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781472106926
Release Date: 2013-08-15
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

Shortly before her thirtieth birthday, Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Suffering from (but enjoying) extreme mania, and terrified that medication would cause her to lose creativity, she began a long struggle over many years to find mental stability while retaining her creativity. Searching to make sense of the popular idea 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 humorous but authentic glimpse into the effects of a mood disorder on an artist's work, as she shares her own story through black-and-white graphic images and prose.


Author: Ellen Forney
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101600454
Release Date: 2012-11-06

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.

Madness Art and Society

Author: Anna Harpin
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781351371049
Release Date: 2018-01-19
Genre: Performing Arts

How is madness experienced, treated, and represented? How might art think around – and beyond – psychiatric definitions of illness and wellbeing? Madness, Art, and Society engages with artistic practices from theatre and live art to graphic fiction, charting a multiplicity of ways of thinking critically with, rather than about, non-normative psychological experience. It is organised into two parts: ‘Structures: psychiatrists, institutions, treatments’, illuminates the environments, figures and primary models of psychiatric care, reconsidering their history and contemporary manifestations through case studies including David Edgar’s Mary Barnes and Milos Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. ‘Experiences: realities, bodies, moods’, promblematises diagnostic categories and proposes more radically open models of thinking in relation to experiences of madness, touching upon works such as Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko and Duncan Macmillan’s People, Places, and Things. Reading its case studies as a counter-discourse to orthodox psychiatry, Madness, Art, and Society seeks a more nuanced understanding of the plurality of madness in society, and in so doing, offers an outstanding resource for students and scholars alike.

Tante Poldi und die sizilianischen L wen

Author: Mario Giordano
ISBN: 9783732506088
Release Date: 2015-03-12
Genre: Fiction

Meerblick. Sonne. Ruhe. Mehr will Poldi nicht, als sie kurz nach ihrem sechzigsten Geburtstag von München nach Sizilien zieht. Dabei hat sie aber nicht mit der Familie ihres verstorbenen Exmannes gerechnet. Denn die, Sizilianer durch und durch, wollen Poldi natürlich das Dolce Vita nahebringen. Das war's dann mit der Ruhe. Als wäre es damit nicht genug: Eines Tages verschwindet Valentino, der Poldi in Haus und Garten ausgeholfen hat, spurlos. Ist er etwa in die Fänge der Mafia geraten? Poldi macht sich auf die Suche - und kreuzt dabei schon bald den Weg des attraktiven Commissario Montana ...

Rock Steady

Author: Ellen Forney
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 9781683961017
Release Date: 2018-05-15
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life is the eagerly awaited sequel/ companion book to Forney’s 2012 best-selling graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me. Whereas Marbles was a memoir about her bipolar disorder, Rock Steady turns the focus outward, offering a self-help survival guide of tips, tricks and tools by someone who has been through it all and come through stronger for it.

The Cambridge Companion to the Graphic Novel

Author: Stephen Tabachnick
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107108790
Release Date: 2017-06-30
Genre: Literary Criticism

Since the graphic novel rose to prominence half a century ago, it has become one of the fastest growing literary/artistic genres, generating interest from readers globally. The Cambridge Companion to the Graphic Novel examines the evolution of comic books into graphic novels and the distinct development of this art form both in America and around the world. This Companion also explores the diverse subgenres often associated with it, such as journalism, fiction, historical fiction, autobiography, biography, science fiction and fantasy. Leading scholars offer insights into graphic novel adaptations of prose works and the adaptation of graphic novels to films; analyses of outstanding graphic novels, like Maus and The Walking Man; an overview which distinguishes the international graphic novel from its American counterpart; and analyses of how the form works and what it teaches, making this book a key resource for scholars, graduate students and undergraduate students alike.

Nach der Welle

Author: Sonali Deraniyagala
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104030623
Release Date: 2014-10-23
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

*** »Ein ganz erstaunliches, wunderschönes Buch.« Joan Didion *** »Ich schrie nicht, heulte nicht auf. Ich fiel nicht in Ohnmacht. Abwarten, dachte ich mir. Ich warte ab, bis sie sie alle gefunden haben, und dann bringe ich mich um.« Sri Lanka, 26. Dezember 2004. Sonali Deraniyagala verbringt die Weihnachtsferien mit ihrer Familie in einem wunderschönen Hotel direkt an der Küste, als die Welle kommt. Sonali selbst überlebt knapp, aber sie verliert ihre gesamte Familie, ihren Mann, die beiden kleinen Söhne und ihre Eltern. »Ein unglaublich starkes und zutiefst bewegendes Buch, wie ich schon lange keines mehr gelesen habe. ... Sonali Deraniyagala beschreibt eine Katastrophe und ihre Auswirkungen, die keiner von uns miterleben musste. Und gleichzeitig erweckt sie in ihrem atemberaubenden Erfahrungsbericht alle diejenigen wieder zum Leben, die sie verloren hat, so dass auch wir sie niemals vergessen werden.« Michael Ondaatje


Author: David Small
ISBN: 355178695X
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Artists

Finalist for the 2009 National Book Award and finalist for two 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards: the prize-winning children's author depicts a childhood from hell in this searing yet redemptive graphic memoir. One day David Small awoke from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he had been transformed into a virtual mute. A vocal cord removed, his throat slashed and stitched together like a bloody boot, the fourteen-year-old boy had not been told that he had cancer and was expected to die. In Stitches, Small, the award-winning children's illustrator and author, re-creates this terrifying event in a life story that might have been imagined by Kafka. As the images painfully tumble out, one by one, we gain a ringside seat at a gothic family drama where David, a highly anxious yet supremely talented child, all too often became the unwitting object of his parents' buried frustration and rage. Believing that they were trying to do their best, David's parents did just the reverse. Edward Small, a Detroit physician who vented his own anger by hitting a punching bag, was convinced that he could cure his young son's respiratory problems with heavy doses of radiation, possibly causing David's cancer. Elizabeth, David's mother, tyrannically stingy and excessively scolding, ran the Small household under a cone of silence where emotions, especially her own, were hidden. Depicting this coming-of-age story with dazzling, kaleidoscopic images that turn nightmare into fairy tale, Small tells us of his journey from sickly child to cancer patient, to the troubled teen whose risky decision to run away from home at sixteen, with nothing more than the dream of becoming an artist, will resonate as the ultimate survival statement. A silent movie masquerading as a book, Stitches renders a broken world suddenly seamless and beautiful again.

Graphic Medicine Manifesto

Author: MK Czerwiec
Publisher: Penn State Press
ISBN: 9780271079264
Release Date: 2015-04-29
Genre: Medical

This inaugural volume in the Graphic Medicine series establishes the principles of graphic medicine and begins to map the field. The volume combines scholarly essays by members of the editorial team with previously unpublished visual narratives by Ian Williams and MK Czerwiec, and it includes arresting visual work from a wide range of graphic medicine practitioners. The book’s first section, featuring essays by Scott Smith and Susan Squier, argues that as a new area of scholarship, research on graphic medicine has the potential to challenge the conventional boundaries of academic disciplines, raise questions about their foundations, and reinvigorate literary scholarship—and the notion of the literary text—for a broader audience. The second section, incorporating essays by Michael Green and Kimberly Myers, demonstrates that graphic medicine narratives can engage members of the health professions with literary and visual representations and symbolic practices that offer patients, family members, physicians, and other caregivers new ways to experience and work with the complex challenges of the medical experience. The final section, by Ian Williams and MK Czerwiec, focuses on the practice of creating graphic narratives, iconography, drawing as a social practice, and the nature of comics as visual rhetoric. A conclusion (in comics form) testifies to the diverse and growing graphic medicine community. Two valuable bibliographies guide readers to comics and scholarly works relevant to the field.


Author: Stjepan Sejic
Publisher: Panini
ISBN: 9783736736306
Release Date: 2018-01-29
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

Kaum ist Lisa bei Ally eingezogen, gibt es eine herbe Krise in der Beziehung der beiden BDSM-Freundinnen. Sie sind eigentlich längst über den Status einer reinen Freundschaft oder Spielpartnerschaft hinaus, können sich das aber nicht eingestehen. Dadurch entstehen Missverständnisse und es folgt Eifersucht. Anne, unfreiwillig Mitauslöserin des Eifersuchtsdramas, versucht zwischen den beiden zu vermitteln und Lisa erkennt, dass eventuell nur das Schreiben ihrer gemeinsamen Geschichte ihr hilft, Ally zurückzugewinnen.


Author: Rutu Modan
ISBN: 3037310707
Release Date: 2010

In Tel Aviv erhält der junge Taxifahrer Kobi einen mysteriösen Anruf von einer jungen Frau, die behauptet, sein Vater sei bei einem Selbstmordattentat ums Leben gekommen. Kobi kennt seinen Vater kaum und hat sich nie um ihn gekümmert. Widerwillig lässt er sich von Numi, der jungen Frau, in die Suche einbeziehen. Im Laufe ihrer Ermittlungen erfährt er Überraschendes über einen Vater, der sich seinem Sohn immer entzogen hat.

Schwarze Gedanken

Author: André Franquin
Publisher: CARLSEN Verlag
ISBN: 9783551764775
Release Date: 2005-07-22
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

Der Titel dieser Sammlung spricht Bände! André Franquin, Autor und Zeichner von »Spirou und Fantasio« und Schöpfer des Marsupilami, zeigt sich hier von einer anderen Seite - seine schwarzweißen Gedanken stecken voller »Schwarzer Gedanken«. Kriegslüsterne Militärs, Atomkraftwerke oder brutaler Pferdesport - die Themen sind zeitlos. Wer schwarzen Humor und detailreiche Comics mag, dem sei diese Sammlung von zynischen kleinen Geschichten wärmstens empfohlen.