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

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

by Ellen Forney
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Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592407323
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/06/2012
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 88,300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ellen Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder shortly before her thirtieth birthday. A lifelong cartoonist, she collaborated with Sherman Alexie on National Book Award-winning The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and created Eisner Award-nominated comic books I Love Led Zeppelin and Monkey Food: The Complete "I Was Seven in '75" Collection. She teaches comics courses at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington.

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Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book, both the graphics and the story. What a remarkable woman. Impossible to put down. Should be read by anyone who wants to know about bipolar disorder from the inside in full graphic detail. Those drawings!!! Recommended for anyone who has this disorder, knows someone with this disorder, or just wants to read a GREAT book.
reneecp1 More than 1 year ago
I have been groping for “balance, neutral, normal”, or at least for health, after a delinquent Bipolar I diagnosis four years ago. My creativity manifests itself differently than for the author, but contributes to my sense of self, all the same. I hope to reclaim “me” under a flag of peace before the day is done. This book is spot on – spot on. While I don’t have a dark sense of humor, I relate to every word and drawing – she has painted a picture of me. If you want a behind the scenes look of a soul’s struggles with manic-depression, read this book.
D_MacGowan More than 1 year ago
A really great and really true chronicle of mental illness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm crazy about this book. If you can get past some out-of-control behavior, and she wouldn't be bipolar if she didn't do crazy things, this book is funny and insightful.
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voyager8 More than 1 year ago
Self centered and redundant whining in pictures. Some of the graphic memoirs are amazing even if you are not into that sort of thing but this as with Alison Betchel's recent graphic memoir is just awful even if the illustrations are terrific as they are in both. A good graphic memoir off the top of my head would be Dragon Slippers or Betchels original graphic memoir.