Tom Hart's The Art of the Graphic Memoir is out now!
When I finished Rosalie's book, I still had a lot of processing to do. I wanted to further understand what I had went through.
I looked at the books that had inspired me, and I asked what made them great, useful, inspiring.
I came up with a list of about 26 graphic memoirs that really moved me, gave me insight into the medium, and kept me going.
David B.'s Epileptic taught me about visual metaphor and the power of creating your own language.
Carol Tyler taught me about doggedness, and turning your life over to a project.
Alison Bechdel taught me to use my intellect.
Joe Chiappetta taught me "This is not the bomb squad. Take unnecessary risks."
Oliver Ka and Alfred taught me it's possible to change your life with a book.
My many thanks to Gabrielle Bell for letting me use her image on the cover.
Official Description #1 New York Times bestselling author and Eisner-nominated cartoonist Tom Hart has written a poignant and instructive guide for all aspiring graphic memoirists detailing the tenets of artistry and story-telling inherent in the medium. Hart examines what makes a graphic memoir great, and shows you how to do it. With two dozen professional examples and a deep-dive into his own story, Hart encourages readers to hone their signature style in the best way to represent their journeys on the page.
With clear examples and visual aids, The Art of the Graphic Memoir is emotive, creative, and accessible. Whether you're a comics fan, comic book creator, memoirist, biographer or autobiographer, there’s something inside for everyone.
About the Author
Tom Hart is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and critically acclaimed Eisner-nominated cartoonist and the Executive Director of The Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, Florida. He is the creator of Daddy Lightning, and the Hutch Owen series of graphic novels and books. The Collected Hutch Owen was nominated for best graphic novel in 2000. He won a Xeric Grant for self-publishing cartoonists. He teaches sequential art at the University of Florida and taught at NYC's School of Visual Arts for 10 years.