The Bipolar Cartoonist

My reading pick for the week! Get your creative juices flowing and insight into how one women has managed her art and mental illness.

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

Is there really a link between creativity and depression?
Well, YES! How many can relate?

Who is Ellen?

ellenIt’s not too often women cartoonist get front and center, however Ellen is a rising star in this field.

She didn’t want to include herself in her new graphic memoir about bipolar disorder. But the facts were these: in 2000, Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a mental illness that exaggerates one’s high and low moods—occasionally driving the sufferer to suicide—and she wanted to learn more about it and others to understand it, too.

Her brave graphic memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me (Gotham Books) looks at bipolar disorder through the prism of her own troubled past: her manic sprees, debilitating depression, and strained relationships.