Saturday September 19, 2020

A memoir drawn from a sad place

Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama. By Alison Bechdel. Jonathan Cape, €21.40. Reviewed by Patrick Freyne.

2nd June, 2012
As the memoir unwinds, an image of Helen Bechdel starts to appear.

Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama


Some of the best comic books over the past few decades have been in the non-fiction category, most specifically in the form of memoir. From Art Spiegelman's masterful Maus to Persepolis, Marjani Satrapi's tale of a childhood in Iran, to Joe Sacco's gonzo reportage, to the autobiographical mini-comics of Jeffrey Lewis, the comic book has been at its best not in the graphic novel, but in the graphic...

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