Invisible Ink

Invisible Ink

My Mother's Secret Love Affair With A Famous Cartoonist : A Graphic Memoir

Graphic Novel - 2015
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"Fifteen minutes after Bill Griffith's father died from a bicycle accident in 1972, his mother turned to him and said, "If I don't tell you this now, I'll never be able to tell you. I had a long and happy relationship with a man you knew slightly." Thus began Griffith's journey to reconstruct this hidden relationship between his mother and a deeply cultured jack-of-all-trades cartoonist and crime novelist. Invisible Ink unfolds like a detective story, alternating between past and present, as Griffith recreates the quotidian habits of suburban Levittown and the professional and cultural life of Manhattan in the 1950s and '60s as seen through his mother's and his own teenage eyes. Griffith finally discovers the holy grail of his mother's past: her diary, an ecstatic evocation of her sexual liaison, and an eloquent testament to her deepest feelings; and an unfinished novel that parallels the trajectory of her own life. Griffith puts the pieces together and reveals a mother he never knew" -- provided by publisher.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Fantagraphics Books, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781606998953
Characteristics: 195 pages : chiefly illustrations, genealogical tables ; 25 cm


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May 07, 2018

Not just for fans of the author's usual fare, Zippy the Pinhead, this graphic novel details "life", including that of the author's mother, who had a secret love affair with a famous cartoonist for 16 years. His mother is an interesting character, both of that time and ahead of her time, though not of today's time. The drawings are gorgeous, the story interesting. A good, solid read.

Mar 29, 2016

Very good illustrations, and very good story telling, lots of personal insight.


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