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Seattle is CRAZY for Ellen Forney!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsEllen Forney 14 Nov 2012 3:00 PM

Ellen Forney at the Seattle Public Library

This past Saturday, the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery was proud to co-present an event at the Seattle Public Library Central Branch as Ellen Forney debuted her brand-new graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me, out now on Penguin Books' Gotham imprint. Thank you to everyone who came out!

Ellen Forney at the Seattle Public Library
Comics readers are more good-looking that regular readers.

No surprise to anyone, Ellen gave a fantastic, and brave, performance. Marbles is her graphic memoir about being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She told the audience that she had hid this from her friends when she first found out, so for Ellen to talk about it years later in front of a packed auditorium filled with strangers was truly inspiring!

Ellen Forney at the Seattle Public Library

Ellen Forney at the Seattle Public Library

Ellen had "Club Van Gogh" membership cards printed up for us to hand-out! (We still have some at the store, if you missed out.) Alas, it does not get you free miles on Alaska Airlines flights, despite what Larry might have told you!

Ellen Forney at the Seattle Public Library

Speaking of Larry, his introduction for Ellen was especially sweet. He reminisced about the days when he was the PR Director for Fantagraphics, and Ellen came to the office saying she wanted to be a cartoonist!

Ellen Forney at the Seattle Public Library

After her amazing presentation, Ellen headed out to the lobby of the Seattle Public Library to sign books...

Ellen Forney at the Seattle Public Library

...the line wrapped around the corner!

Ellen Forney at the Seattle Public Library

Local artists David Lasky and Greg Stump stopped by, seen here with the lovely Leeann Bowen! Megan Kelso was also in the audience, but I didn't manage to get a snap of her.

Ellen Forney at the Seattle Public Library

Back in the now-empty auditorium, Larry chatted with local arts activist Cathy Hillenbrand, who will surely enjoy her new copy of I Love Led Zeppelin!

Ellen Forney at the Seattle Public Library

Thank you so much to the wonderful staff of the Seattle Public Library, who are always a joy to work with!  And thanks again to everyone who made it out for the event. There are more camera-phone-snaps of the event at the Fantagraphics Flickr page!

If you couldn't make it, Larry will have signed (yes!) copies of Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me at the store later this week. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's Georgetown district. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: (206) 658-0110.