Best Biographical Comics

A list of graphic biographies and autobiographies.
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message 1: by John (new)

John Burns C'mon ppl. Maus is clearly a better book than Persepolis.


message 2: by Nada (new)

Nada better in what sense


message 3: by John (last edited Nov 13, 2009 03:17AM) (new)

John Burns Just a stronger work of literature. It transcends its purely biographical roots to say something greater. Persepolis does this too but to a lesser extent.

Also the artwork far excels that of persepolis. Spiegelman reined in his finest artistry and opted for something rougher and simpler but incredibly effective. Satrapi on the other hand simply can't draw that well.

Incidentally i think the film of Persepolis works a lot better than the GN.

Oh yeah, and i thought fun home was awful too. Seemed like lots of clinical, psycho-analysis to fill out the absence of any worthwhile storyline or emotional content.


message 4: by Hyathin (new)

Hyathin What about including travelogues? Aren't they essentially biographical accounts? If so, I think Pyongyang by Guy Delisle should be on this list.


message 5: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Feel free to add it. Or actually, I'll go ahead. It definitely belongs on the list.


message 6: by Allen (new)

Allen Rubinstein There's an issue here mixing biography and autobiography. They're not the same thing.

Also, delete Goodbye Chunky Rice.

Can anyone figure out why there are so many comics biographies of Che Guevara. There's at least four different ones! (not to mention Trotsky by Rick Geary.)


message 7: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I'd argue that autobiographies fall under the larger umbrella of biographies, but not vice versa.


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