Jan 6 2010
Melissa Febos: Graphic Lives
By marrying the intimacy of autobiography with the aesthetic eclecticism of the graphic novel, graphic memoirs occupy the fertile realm between fiction and nonfiction, as well as between literature and art. I first encountered this narrative chimera in the 1990s, when I read Daniel Clowes's Ghost World, and the feminist zines I found along the windowsills of Boston's indie bookstores. This underground aesthetic seemed to depict my own disaffected experience and burgeoning politics; since then, I've been glad to see long-form graphic storytelling find a larger audience. The following volumes are a small sampling of a rich genre.
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