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'Biographical Comics'

Charlotte Salomon:
Life? Or Theatre?

Her 1940-42 masterpiece anticipated frank autobiographical graphic novels and the rise of women cartoonists. More...
Posted: February 21, 2016

Keiji Nakazawa:
Barefoot In Hiroshima

With its powerful anti-nuclear and anti-war message, would Barefoot Gen be published in the Japan of today? More...
Posted: August 5, 2015

Artists' Lives As Graphic Novels

Fifty years after the term was coined in English, the graphic novel is flourishing, for example as great artists' biographies. More...
Posted: November 24, 2014

Reinhard Kleist Interview:
Harry Haft - The Boxer

Polish Jewish boxer & Holocaust survivor Harry Haft is the latest subject of Kleist's compelling graphic biographies. More...
Posted: July 6, 2014

Reinhard Kleist:
Cuba & Castro

Asked by his publishers to visit any country he liked to create an illustrated travelogue, Kleist chose Cuba. More...
Posted: September 17, 2011

Marjane Satrapi:
The Power Of Memory

She relates with great humanity and humour growing up in Tehran under the Islamic regime. More...
Posted: August 14, 2011

Reinhard Kleist:
I See A Darkness

Reinhard Kleist discusses his critically acclaimed biography of Johnny Cash, I See A Darkness. More...
Posted: November 19, 2009

Willy Linthout:
Years Of The Elephant

In his poignant, unflinchingly candid memoir he describes the sudden loss of his son through suicide. More...
Posted: October 25, 2009

Seriously Funny Business:
The Art Of Cartooning & Its Curious Power

At the margins of the mainstream, cartoonists represent the last bastion of freedom of speech in print. More...
Posted: October 11, 2009

Josh Neufeld:
A.D.: New Orleans After The Deluge

Devastating events can be hard to grasp, but Neufeld pulls us into individual experiences of loss and survival. More...
Posted: August 23, 2009

PG Tips Special:
Graphic Novels - An Eloquent Allusiveness

Where else can we examine past, present and future all at once before our eyes, and hold a life in our hands? More...
Posted: August 2, 2009

Art Spiegelman:

Neurotic or genius, or both, Art Spiegelman is an unflinching analyst of himself and the medium he adores. More...
Posted: February 27, 2009

Biographical Comics:
This Is Your Graphic Life

Stories about real events, people and politics are currently one of the comic medium's richest seams. More...
Posted: November 16, 2008

American Widow:
A 9/11 Memoir

Luis Eduardo Torres died on 9/11. When the time came he jumped, leaving a widow and unborn son. More...
Posted: September 11, 2008

David Enker:
Surviving 7/7

In the very modesty and honesty of his comics, he conveys an extraordinary, life-changing, life-renewing event. More...
Posted: July 7, 2008

Maus vs Yossel:
Battle Of The Books

Both books tackle the subject of the Holocaust. Which book should be first on your reading list? More...
Posted: May 4, 2008

World Comics:
Confessions & Convictions

All of life is finding its way into comics these days, where it always belonged. More...
Posted: August 5, 2007

History & Biography:
Comics Unexplored Territories

Art Spiegelman's Maus was the graphic novel that lit the way into underexplored territories for comics. More...
Posted: December 3, 2006

Marjane Satrapi:
First Person History

Discover life in Iran during the Islamic Revolution with Marjane Satrapi and her autobiographical book, Persepolis. More...
Posted: October 9, 2005

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