Classics & New Releases
Fun Home is a fresh and brilliantly told memoir marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books. This breakout book by Alison Bechdel is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Bechdel's sweetly gothic drawings. Like Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis it's a story exhilaratingly suited to graphic memoir form. -Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
Why Read Them?
Graphic memoirs are great for people who do not normally read graphic novels and comics. They tend to be a bit more serious and grounded in reality than most illustrated titles, and the blending of word and picture allows authors to tell their stories in ways that standard prose cannot. Images and even the art styles in which they're depicted can be used to convey and reinforce thoughts, tones, and themes for the reader. For example, Art Spiegelman in his Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus: A Survivor's Tale brilliantly depicts Jews as mice and Nazis as cats as a means of comparing their relationship to the predator and prey dynamic seen in the animal kingdom. Also worthy of mention is Craig Thompson's ability to use the negative space in the panels of his coming-of-age memoir, Blankets, to enrich the story in a way that words alone could not.
Art Spiegelman, Alison Bechdel, and Craig Thompson are often credited with popularizing the use of the graphic novel format for memoirs, so be sure to check out their titles in the lists below. They helped pave the way for a new crop of memoirists in this rapidly growing sub-genre that helps bring the graphic novel medium to new audiences. Simply click on the cover images below to request any graphic memoirs of interest.