Marbles What's the difference between crazy-brilliant and crazy-crazy? Eisner-nominated cartoonist Ellen Forney considers the answer in this bracingly honest memoir, which explores the links between creativity… Marbles What's the difference between crazy-brilliant and crazy-crazy? Eisner-nominated cartoonist Ellen Forney considers the answer in this bracingly honest memoir, which explores the links between creativity… 2012-11-06 Comic Books/Graphic Novels Memoir Nonfiction Gotham
Book Review

Marbles (2012)

TORTURED ARTIST Marbles explores the links between creativity and mental instability
TORTURED ARTIST Marbles explores the links between creativity and mental instability
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Nov 06, 2012; Writer: Ellen Forney; Genres: Comic Books/Graphic Novels, Memoir, Nonfiction; Publisher: Gotham

What's the difference between crazy-brilliant and crazy-crazy? Eisner-nominated cartoonist Ellen Forney considers the answer in this bracingly honest memoir, which explores the links between creativity and mental instability. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder before her 30th birthday, Forney chronicles her experiments with therapy, pills, and mood monitoring (''How could I keep track of my mind, with my own mind?'' she sighs) while researching other so-called ''crazy artists.'' (Vincent van Gogh and Michelangelo were bipolar too.) All of that might sound bleak, but the book is surprisingly fun to read, bursting with manic adventures (illicit hookups! costume parties! spontaneous tattoos!), cautionary tales (one emotional crash leaves her in a forest, hugging a tree), and wild drawings that perfectly illustrate her mood swings. By the time she finds the right treatment, Marbles isn't just a great story; it's proof that artists don't have to be tortured to be brilliant. A

Originally posted Oct 31, 2012 Published in issue #1232-1233 Nov 09, 2012 Order article reprints