The art of the graphic memoir : tell your story, change your life

by Hart, Tom, 1969-

Format: Print Book 2018
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Summary
#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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In this thorough and heartfelt how-to, graphic novelist and comics arts instructor Hart outlines how to find success and catharsis with graphic memoir. Hart leads readers through the entire process, from the decision to pursue visual storytelling to the planning and stylizing to the best ways to ensure productivity and completion. While drawing a great deal from his own experience of writing about the death of his daughter in Rosalie Lightning (2016), he also includes sketches and examples from other titans of the craft, like Alison Bechdel, Will Eisner, Art Spiegelman, and Raina Telgemeier. In this way, his tour through the creative process also becomes a crash course in the must-reads of the genre. Throughout the book, Hart emphasizes that graphic memoir is an art form with a uniquely strong vulnerability writer-artists must never forget why they are creating and what they hope to gain from their work. Both fans of the form and those looking to try their hand at the task will delight in Hart's perfect blend of technical instruction and emotional inspiration.--Courtney Eathorne Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This how-to from cartoonist Hart (Rosalie Lightning) ably sets its readers on the path to creating graphic memoirs, partly by tracing how the author made his own. Hart offers plenty of examples of other artists' work, accompanied by practical suggestions for beginners. Most affecting, however, are Hart's personal reflections on how the death of his young daughter affected his art practice, as he had to change his typically humorous style-"characters with big noses and big feet"-to approach the subject. He feels the resulting drawings fell short, but still hopes that the "desperation" and "struggle" expressed in them is visible to the reader. Not only does this frankness lend credence to Hart's advice, but it comes across as a quality one might find in an actual memoir, and not just a manual to writing one. If there is one drawback it's, ironically for a book from a visual artist, the crowded and sometimes messy visual style, which juxtaposes Hart's instructional text against large reproductions of graphic memoir panels, themselves filled with ample text. Nonetheless, his sincere investment in the topic shines through on every page, bolstering the case that the process of writing one's memoirs in graphic form is both artistically viable and personally rewarding. Agent: Meg Thompson, Thompson Literary Agency. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Autobiographical comic books, strips, etc. -- Authorship.
Graphic novels -- Authorship.
Biography as a literary form.
Autobiography in literature.
Publisher New York :2018
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Graphic memoir
Language English
Notes "With more than 30 exercises and examples to guide you"--Cover.
Description 175 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781250113344
1250113342
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