Coming Out as Bi(polar)

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MarblesMarbles:  Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me
by Ellen Forney
Gotham. 256 pages, $20.

 

ELLEN FORNEY is a talented and successful artist who created the long-running I Was Seven in ’75 cartoon strip and illustrated Sherman Alexie’s National Book Award-winning The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian. But my own favorite Forney collaboration is a gloriously smutty little book called Lust, in which Forney illustrated a number of kinky personal ads that appeared in The Stranger, a Seattle magazine that also features sex advice columnist Dan Savage.

Forney is both bisexual and bipolar; she’s had to “come out” twice.  In her new graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me, she shares the experience of coming to terms with her diagnosis and informing friends and family

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