Biographic Graphic Narratives

The tortures of Saint Erasmus-1455-65

Saint Sebastian.

Execution of Carthusian Monks under Henry eight of England.

Autobiographic/Biographic Narratives

Maus- Art Spiegelman, Persepolis-Marjane `Satrapi, Fun Home-Alison Bechdel.




I read Maus 1 and Maus 2 after being introduced to it within this class.

Found it really moving and engaging and I read both Graphic Novels with a couple of days each.

I read Persepolis and watched the animation last year and really felt a lot of empathy with the main character. What was particularly interesting was that I have had similar experiences as her and the amazing factor is that reading this graphic novel has helped me to see more and more similarities with people from Iran and other cultures in general.




Panthers In The Hole- Bruno Cenou David Cenou, Portraits of Violence, Nelson Mandela The Authorised Comic Book, Anne Frank,

Barbara Stock, Vincent 2014,


Identity and Autobiographical Graphic Narrative

Jimmy Corrigan The Smartest Kid on Earth, Chris Ware 2000

Good Woman Bad Woman -The Mother is in the Heat of Composing while the baby is in the water of the bathtub! Daumier, Le Charivari 1844.

Lal 2016

Three  Words Anthology NZ

Intersectionality (Kimberle Crenshaw 1989)

Menstrual Island (once a month!) Gemma Correll 2016 – Autobiographical comics

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menstrual island

‘Autobiofictionalography’) (Barry 2002)

Blue is The Warmest Colour- Julie Maroh


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Graphic Subjects-

City Press, South Africa Mail Online,

not Funny Ha Ha, Hayes 2015 (Graphic medicine Genre)

Becoming Unbecoming- Una context of childhood Trauma makes this very interesting.

The Guerrilla Girls –  a history of Art or a history of money and power.

Laydeez do Comics, 2009 FOILS

Bloody Pussy-The Blood Sisters 2015, Seattle

“If a Child is taken into a museum to learn about either its heritage or what is deemed the cultural heritage of the country in which the child is living sees only ……

AYA DE YOPOUGON- Marguerite Abouet, Clement Oubreirie


It is amazing how Graphic Narratives can be used in this way to tell about a personalities life. There is a history of graphic narratives being used to describe the lives of saintly people such as Saint Erasmus and his tortures (1455-65), the life of Saint Sabastian and as with Srila Prabhupada.

I have recently bought and have been reading ACHARYA which is a graphic narrative that shows the whole of Srila Prabhupadas life and has many beautiful pencil drawings by Bhaktisiddanta Das who also illustrated the Comic book about Srila Prabhupada that was written by Satsvarupa das Gosvami. In exploring the role of Graphic narratives within the Hare Krishna Movement I have found out that Govinda Dasi illustrated many of Lord Caitanya pastimes.

The interesting thing about using graphic narratives in either a biographic or autobiographical way is that a window can be opened into a person’s world so that we can see their lives in intricate detail.

One of the many pencil drawings from ACHARYA by Bhaktisiddanta Das. This one depicts Srila Prabhupadas history of love of watching Charlie Chaplin in his young life.

I also read Persepolis and watched the animation as well as Maus 1 and Maus 2.

In Maus we get a view into the life of Art Spiegelman via his father who tells the story of his and his wife’s struggles to survive the holocaust. Spiegelman takes us on a journey through his father’s memories and we come face to face with the horrors of both Auschwitz and Birkenau. The way Spiegelman did this was so clever and he has brought the viewer of the graphic novel directly into the horrible world using animal motifs which is quite unnerving yet effective because it really asks the viewer to question what they are seeing.

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