Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me
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... show more
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.
Publish date: November 6th 2012
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
, Mental Health
, Mental Illness
, Sequential Art
, Graphic Novels
Ellen Forney feels great. She's filled with energy and a positive attitude. When her psychiatrist diagnoses her with Bipolar I, she refuses medication, fearing it will impact her creativity. However, when she lapses into depression, it becomes clear that something has to change. This autobiogra...
She Lost Her Marbles (But Found Them Again)Graphic novels and I don't get along well, so the fact I'm rating this one with four stars tells you how much it pleased and surprised me.Ellen Forney is a cartoonist and teacher who begins to suffer severe mood swings in her twenties. It rocks her world to...
Put off by art at first but grew used to it, even like it as it helps portray mental illness accurately. Like the bisexual elements. I only sort of liked it so I don’t have much to say. 3 out of 5 stars. Everything she says in this book is stuff I’ve heard before.
Read this extended title. It is a perfect description of this little book. It is all you need to know about it.
Brave, beautiful, delirious, harrowing, hopeful. The drawing gives us a glimpse into her moods and how she learns to manage them. Four years is a long time to persist, but I'm glad she did and can express her journey so well. Not so sure about the science parts, and the history of artists and their ...