PA – Rock Steady Signing

Cartoonist Ellen Forney appears at the Penn Book Center on Saturday, June 2nd at 2:00 PM for a reading of her new book Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life.

Rock Steady is a companion to Forney’s Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me and offers her own experience living with a mood disorder in the form of an illustrated self-help manual. It combines personal stories and solid advice on how to overcome the hassle of meds, recognize red flags, and other tools from her own experience of 14 years of stability — all in comics form. It is geared towards a broad audience encompassing those who struggle with mood disorders, their loved ones, and anyone interested in destigmatizing mental illness through education.

Ellen Forney is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Seattle, WA, with her partner. Forney illustrated Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007) and authored her 2012 graphic memoir, Marbles. She was the 2012 recipient of The Stranger Genius Award for Literature as well as the winner of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis 2013 Gradiva Award.

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Penn Book Center
130 S 34th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 222-7600

NYC – Rock Steady Signing

Cartoonist Ellen Forney appears in conversation with Kriota Willberg at the Strand Book Store on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7:30 PM to discuss Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life, the anticipated companion volume to her bestselling graphic memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me.

Ellen Forney was the 2012 recipient of The Stranger Genius Award for Literature as well as the winner of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis 2013 Gradiva Award.

Kriota Willberg uses comics, needlework, historical studies, bioethics, and her experiences from her career as a massage therapist and health science educator to explore body/science narratives. Combining this history with her background as an artist and educator, she has been creating comics and teaching artists about injury prevention through panels, workshops, and a series of mini comics, now combined with additional materials into Draw Stronger (Uncivilized Books, April 2018).

Admission Options: Buy a copy of Rock Steady or a $5 gift card to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

CA – Rock Steady Signing

Cartoonist Ellen Forney appears in conversation with comedian Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite, Legend of Korra) on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:00 PM to discuss and sign Rock Steady.

Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life is the eagerly awaited sequel/companion book to Forney’s 2012 best-selling graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me. Whereas Marbles was a memoir about her bipolar disorder, Rock Steady turns the focus outward, offering a self-help guide of tips, tricks and tools by someone who has been through it all and come through stronger for it. (Fantagraphics Books)

Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of the author’s most recent title from Vroman’s. For each purchased copy of the newest title, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. This policy applies to all Vroman’s Bookstore events unless otherwise noted. Save your Vroman’s receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line.

Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

SF – Rock Steady Signing

The Bindery hosts cartoonist Ellen Forney to speak in conversation with Justin Hall (No Straight Lines) on Thursday, May 17th at 7:30 PM to discuss Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life, the anticipated companion volume to her bestselling graphic memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me. Please join us in welcoming her back to San Francisco!

Whereas Marbles was a memoir about her bipolar disorder, Rock Steady turns the focus outward, offering a self-help guide of tips, tricks, and tools by someone who has been through it all and come through stronger for it.

With Marbles, Forney helped de-stigmatize mood disorders with her candid presentation of her struggle to find mental stability while retaining her passion and creativity. This is the jumping off point for her new book, Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life. Personal stories and solid advice from Forney on how to overcome the hassle of meds, recognize red flags, and other tools from her own experience of 14 years of stability — all in comics form. Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life invites readers into Ellen’s home, head, and Peanuts pill box.

Ellen Forney lives in Seattle, WA, with her partner. She was the 2012 recipient of The Stranger Genius Award for Literature as well as the winner of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis 2013 Gradiva Award.

Justin Hall is the creator of the comics series Hard To Swallow, True Travel Tales, and Glamazonia, with his work also appearing in the Houghton Mifflin Best American Comics, Best Erotic Comics, and the S.F. Weekly. Hall is the editor of No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, which won a Lambda Literary Award, received an Eisner Award nomination, and is now being turned into a feature-length documentary film. He is an Associate Professor of Comics at the California College of the Arts and a Fulbright Scholar, and curated the world’s two largest museum shows of LGBTQ comics at the S.F. Cartoon Art Museum and the Schwules Museum in Berlin.

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The Bindery
1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-8688

PA – Marbles Signing

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Ellen Forney signs at Barnes & Noble on Tuesday November 20, 2012 at 6:30 PM!

Barnes & Noble
Rittenhouse Square, 1805 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-665-0716

NYC – Graphic Memoirs Panel

October 22, 2012 by  
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Popular West Coast Cartoonist Ellen Forney Talks Graphic Memoirs with East Coast Cartoonist Julia Wertz 

Ellen Forney and Julia Wertz sign at The Strand on Monday, November 19 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Press Release:

Two of this country’s most compelling female cartoonists, Ellen Forney and Julia Wertz, discuss their new graphic memoirs. Wertz will delve into discussion with Forney about her memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michaelangelo, and Me, and Forney will do the same with Wertz’s memoir, The Infinite Wait & Other Stories. The two will chat about cartooning, the two coasts, their influences, and life as a female artist.

Buy a copy of Marbles or The Infinite Wait or a $10 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. All options admit one person. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

The Strand
828 Broadway (at 12th St.), New York, NY 10003-4805

WA – Marbles Signing

October 10, 2012 by  
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Cartoonist Ellen Forney discusses and shows illustrations from Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me at the Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library on Saturday November 10, 2012 from 7:00 till 8:30 pm.

Shortly before her thirtieth birthday, Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Flagrantly manic and terrified that medications would cause her to lose creativity and her livelihood, she began a years-long struggle to find mental stability while retaining her passion and creativity.

Searching to make sense of the popular concept of the crazy artist, Forney finds inspiration from the lives and work of other artists and writers who suffered from mood disorders, including: Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, William Styron and Sylvia Plath. She analyzes the clinical aspects of bipolar disorder as she struggles with the strengths and limitations of a parade of medications and treatments.

Forney’s graphic memoir provides a visceral glimpse into the effects of a mood disorder on the artist’s work. Her story seeks the answer to this question: If there’s a correlation between creativity and mood disorders, is an artist’s bipolar disorder a curse… or a gift?

“Ellen’s work has always been hilarious and sharp, but Marbles has an emotional resonance that shows new depth as an artist and a writer. This is an extremely personal, brave, and rewarding book.” Dan Savage, syndicated columnist and author.

Forney grew up in Philadelphia and has lived in Seattle since 1989. She created the Eisner-nominated comic books “I Love Led Zeppelin” and “Monkey Food” and collaborated with Sherman Alexie on the National Book Award-winning novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” She has been teaching comics at Cornish College of the Arts since 2002.

Event Notes Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required.

Note: The Library will close at its regular Saturday time of 6 p.m. and will reopen at the Fourth Avenue entrance at 6:30 p.m. for this event. Parking in the Central Library garage will be available for $5 after 5 p.m.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Fantagraphics. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Seattle Public Library – Central Branch
1000 Fourth Ave,  Seattle, WA 98104