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One of the thriving subsets of the indie
comics scene is the autobiography. It’s hard to look at any of the end
of the year “Best of…” lists without being at least a few
autobiographical comic books on them – and that’s not just in the
comics media, but in the mainstream media as well. Autobiographical
comic books are everywhere!
What are some of the best autobiographical comic books that the iFanboys have read lately?
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel tells the tale of growing up in a
funeral home. There’s a lot of awkwardness and a lot of pain, and a
whole lot of accolades for this graphical novel.
Skyscrapers of the Mid-West by Joshua A. Cotter is the most
unique of the entire group. A series of vignettes featuring
anthropomorphised characters that focuses on growing up a lonely
artistic kid in the Mid-West.
The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames and Dean Haspiel chronicles a life
plagued by too much alochol, too many drugs, and a whole lot of bad
Sentences: The Life of M.F. Grimm by Percy Carey and Ronald
Wimberly tells the story of a guy on the cusp of hip hop stardom before
drugs, guns, and gangs bring it all crashing down. This one also
features a surprising and tenuous connection to Conor.
Funny Misshapen Body is the latest from autobiographical comic
book veteran Jeffrey Brown. This one focuses on Brown’s artistic side
as he finds his artistic voice in high school and art school.
Freddie & Me by Mike Dawson follows one man’s life from
England to America as seen through the lense of unabashed love for
Freddie Mercury and Queen.
Chris Staros’ Yearbook Stories: 1976-1978 by Chris Staros and
Bo Hampton and Rich Tammaso tells two stories from the high school days
of Top Shelf Publishing head Chris Staros. The second one must be seen
to be believed.
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