'Forney is at the height of her powers.' Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home, and the #1 New York Times Bestseller Are You My Mother? 'A hilarious memoir about mental illness, yes, but it's also an incisive study of what it means to be human and how we ache to become better humans. Amazing stuff.' Sherman Alexie, author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time IndianShortly before her thirtieth birthday, Ellen Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Flagrantly manic but terrified that medications would cause her to lose her creativity and livelihood, she began a years-long struggle to find mental stability without losing herself or her passion. Searching to make sense of the popular concept of the 'crazy artist', Ellen 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. With dazzling storytelling, bold illustrations and razor-sharp wit, Marbles offers a wholly unique and visceral glimpse into the effects of a mood disorder on an artist's work and seeks to answer: is mental illness a curse, or is it actually a gift? 'Forney's greatest strength as a cartoonist is her gift for explanation - getting information across with vigor, wit and visual inventiveness.' New York Times Book Review'A treasure . . . Forney should be read.' Marya Hornbacher, author of Madness: A Bipolar Life A lifelong cartoonist, Ellen Forney collaborated on the National Book Award-winning The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian and created the Eisener 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, USA.
Ellen Forney is a graphic artist based in Seattle, USA. She is best-known for the illustrations she did for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian which won a National Book Award in the US and has sold 3.664 copies in the UK. Forney suffers from bipolar disorder.
Not only does her conversational intimacy draw readers in, but her drawings perfectly capture the exhilarating frenzy of mania and the dark void of depression...Forney's story should resonate with those grappling with similar issues, while her artistry should appeal to a wide readership. Kirkus (Starred Review) Ellen Forney's memoir of her bipolar diagnosis and long pharmacopic trek toward balance is painfully honest and joyously exuberant. Her drawings evoke the neuron-crackling high of mania and the schematic bleakness of depression with deft immediacy. Forney is at the height of her powers as she explores the tenuous line between mood disorders and creativity itself. -- Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home. Forney's exhilarating and enlightening autobiographical portrait of her bipolar disorder (otherwise known as manic depression), takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster, an authentic evocation of the author's journey. Her clear and thoughtful art provides a powerful, effective and brilliant illumination of this unforgettable adventure. Miami Herald Marbles isn't just a great story; it's proof that artists don't have to be tortured to be brilliant. Entertainment Weekly Dense with intellectual and emotional power, Forney's book is a treasure--as a memoir, as an artwork, and as a beautifully conceived and executed commentary on both mental experience and the creative life. With wit, humor, a wicked sense of the absurd, and eloquent insight into the beauty that shines through the mercurial life of the mind, this graphic memoir explores its subject with a particular precision and power. Forney should be read. -- Marya Hornbacher, bestselling author of Madness: A Bipolar Life