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

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

Ellen Forney

Cartoonist Ellen Forney explores the connection among “crazy” and “creative” during this photograph memoir of her bipolar ailment, woven with tales of well-known bipolar artists and writers.


Shortly earlier than her 30th birthday, Forney used to be clinically determined with bipolar ailment. Flagrantly manic and terrified that medicines could reason her to lose creativity, she started a years-long fight to discover psychological balance whereas preserving her passions and creativity.

Searching to make experience of the preferred proposal of the loopy artist, she reveals suggestion from the lives and paintings of alternative artists and writers who suffered from temper problems, together with Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, William Styron, and Sylvia Plath. She additionally researches the medical features of bipolar disease, together with the strengths and obstacles of varied remedies and drugs, and what experiences let us know concerning the conundrum of trying to “cure” an in a different way extraordinary mind.

Darkly humorous and very own, Forney’s memoir offers a visceral glimpse into the consequences of a temper illness on an artist’s paintings, as she stocks her personal tale via daring black-and-white pictures and evocative prose.

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