Ellen Forney (born March 8, 1968) is an American cartoonist, educator, and wellness coach. She is known for her autobiographic comics which include I was Seven in '75; I Love Led Zepellin; and Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me. She teaches at the Cornish College of the Arts. Her work covers mental illness, political activism, drugs, and the riot grrrl movement. Currently, she is based in Seattle, Washington.
|Born||March 8, 1968|
|Notable works||I was Seven in '75; I Love Led Zepellin,|
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me,
Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life
In the 1990s, she produced the autobiographical strip I Was Seven in '75, which ran in Seattle's alternative-weekly paper The Stranger. She self-published a collection in 1997 with a Xeric Foundation grant. A complete collection was published as Monkey Food by Fantagraphics in 1999.
In 2006 she published I Love Led Zeppelin, which collected comics she had done for various newspapers and magazines, and included collaborations with Margaret Cho, Kristin Gore, Camille Paglia, and Dan Savage. It was nominated for an Eisner Award as Best Reality-Based Comic. In 2007 she illustrated Sherman Alexie's young-adult novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which won the National Book Award. In 2008 she published Lust which adapted personal ads from The Stranger into illustrated/comics form.
Her graphic memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me addressed her experiences with bipolar disorder. Specifically, the memoir deals with how Forney perceives her mental illness in relation to her art, as well as her fears about medication diminishing her creativity. Forney also notes the role mental illness has played in other artists lives, referring to a list of artists and writers with depression as "Club Van Gogh." It was published by Penguin Books' Gotham Books imprint in November 2012, and it was a New York Times Bestseller.Marbles featured prominently in a graphic medicine exhibit that Forney curated for the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Forney's 2018 book Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life is a graphic self-help guide, published by Fantagraphics. In it, Forney promotes her personal acronym for self-care: SMEDMERTS, which stands for Sleep, Meds, Eat, Doctor, Mindfulness, Exercise, Routine, Tools, Support System.
Ellen Forney is also the artist responsible for "Crossed Pinkies" and "Walking Fingers", two murals in the South Transit Capitol Hill light rail station at Seattle. She also is open for commissions such as portraits, wedding invitations, and tattoo designs. More recently, Forney started offering wellness coaching for those who suffer from bipolar disorder. She also connects with audiences about graphic medicine, health, and comics in frequent speaking engagements.
- MONKEY FOOD: The Complete "I Was Seven in '75" Collection, Fantagraphic Books (1999).
- I Love Led Zeppelin: Panty-Dropping Comics, Fantagraphics Books (2006).
- Lust: Kinky Online Personal Ads from Seattle's The Stranger, Fantagraphics Books (2008).
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie, Art by Ellen Forney, Little Brown (2007).
- Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir, Gotham/Penguin Books (2012).
- Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life, Fantagraphics (2018).
- 2013: Inkpot Award
- 2013: National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis "Gradiva" winner in Art for Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir
- 2012: Stranger Genius Award winner for Literature
- 2007: National Book Award winner and New York Times Book of the Year for her art in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
- "Going 'Marbles': From Manic Highs To Oceanic Lows". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
- Lehoczky, Etelka. "In 'Rock Steady,' Ellen Forney Combines Mental Health Advice, Artistry and Wit". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
- "Ellen Forney - Bio". ellenforney.com. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
- Benedetti, Winda (August 7, 2006). "Seattle cartoonist Ellen Forney embraces our oddities". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
- "Comic creator: Ellen Forney | Lambiek Comiclopedia". Lambiek.net. 2007-02-16. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
- "Ellen Forney - "I'm Okay, You're Okay!" (vol III/iss 2/February 2000)". Sequential Tart. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
- The Comics Reporter
-  Archived July 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
- "Philly-linked artist adds life to award-winning book". Philly.com. 2010-10-26. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
- Hiskes, Jonathan (December 10, 2008). "Northwest Fiction Rooted in the Region". Crosscut. Seattle, WA. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2012-07-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Graves, Jen (February 13, 2008). "New in Books". The Stranger. Archived from the original on February 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
- Forney, Ellen (2012). Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir: Ellen Forney: 9781592407323: Amazon.com: Books. ISBN 978-1592407323.
- Wolk, Douglas (December 14, 2012). "At the Panel's Edge: 'Marbles,' by Ellen Forney, and More". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
- "Memoir Traces How Cartoonist Lost Her 'Marbles'". NPR.org. NPR. November 26, 2012. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
- The Bipolar Cartoonist: Ellen Forney’s ‘Marbles’, Publishers Weekly. By Grace Bello. November 05, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
- David Low, Forney ’89 Writes Graphic Novel on Bipolar Disorder, The Wesleyan Connection (Wesleyan University), 2012-11-15. Accessed 2012-11-17.
- "Bestsellers: Paperback Graphic Books". The New York Times. November 18, 2012. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
- "Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn!". U.S. National Library of Medicine. U.S. National Library of Medicine. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
- "Ellen Forney - Public Art". www.ellenforney.com. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
- "Ellen Forney - Graphic Artist". ellenforney.com. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
- "Ellen Forney the Rock Steady Coach". www.rocksteadycoach.com. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
- "Ellen Forney - Public Art". ellenforney.com. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
- Bello, Grace (November 7, 2012). "Page Turner: Ellen Forney". Curve.
- Salkowitz, Rob. "Self-Described 'Crazy Artist' Ellen Forney Offers 'Rock Steady' Advice On Staying Balanced". Forbes. Forbes Media LLC. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
- list of Inkpot Award:Comic-Con
- National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis 2013 "Gradiva" Awards Archived 2014-03-05 at the Wayback Machine, naap.org. Accessed online 2014-03-04.
- The Stranger Genius Awards: The Event, thestranger.com. Accessed online 2012-11-21.