The Art of the Graphic Memoir: Tell Your Story, Change Your Life

Griffin: St. Martin's. Nov. 2018. 176p. ISBN 9781250113344. pap. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250113351. COMICS sTUDIES
Hart (director, Sequential Arts Workshop, FL; "Hutch Owen" series) shares what he's learned through teaching as well as creating his acclaimed graphic memoir Rosalie Lightning in this guide filled with prompts and practical examples that assist readers in writing, drawing, and telling their stories. Technique and style, both that of the author and other visual artists, are explored in great detail, as is the importance of attention and practice. Readers are challenged to do more than observe and are encouraged to see and study experiences and relationships in new ways. A recommended reading section offers a list of graphic memoirs and drawing books for further research.
VERDICT Hart's thoughtful instruction will appeal to aspiring comics and storytellers as well as those looking to strengthen their practice. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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