Autobiographical Comics

"Sometimes a mere glance will do..."
An Exhibit and Selected Bibliography of Autobiographical Comics and Associated Research Resources

Peter J. Shields Lobby
July 1 to October 31, 2010

The UC Davis Library invites you to an exhibit in the Shields Library celebrating the Autobiographical Comic as an increasingly popular medium for artists and exploring its enduring appeal to readers of all ages.

Autobiographical Comics and their creators have received increased recognition in the popular sector, in noted periodicals such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, and in classrooms, libraries, and bookstores throughout the United States and abroad. The artwork and narrative structure of Autobiographical Comics come together to create a level of sophistication that is often brilliant, frequently frightening, and at times psychologically disturbing. At their best these comics challenge basic assumptions of decency, honesty, truth and civilized beliefs in order, justice, and continuity. They question easily held opinions on mental health and the spiritual.

This exhibit features an accompanying introduction and bibliography that offers interested readers insights into the lives of the artists and the nature of their work.

Exhibit prepared by Roberto C. Delgadillo, Humanities, Social Sciences and Government Information Services Librarian (rdelgadillo@ucdavis.edu).