APE will host Craig Thompson as a special guest on October 1-2, 2011. Craig is probably best known for his semi-autobiographical tome “Blankets.” Published in 2003, the book still holds value as one of the best graphic novels of the previous decade. Works based on personal experience can be a dangerous thing. Some people’s stories aren’t worth telling, frankly. Others are exploited and morphed into something bombastic. But when they do work, the readers transcend into the artistry of the creator’s story as if it was personal to them too.
Some other semi- and fully-biographical/autobiographic works that we really like:
- Harvey Pekar’s “Our Cancer Year”
- Art Spiegelman’s “Maus”
- Joe Sacco’s “Palestine”
- Marjane Satrapi’s “Persepolis”