Today, I read Little White Duck: A Childhood in China by Na Liu and Andres Vera Martinez (who interestingly enough met in Austin, TX! Weird coincidence!)
This graphic novel memoir is told as 8 short stories, but it felt fluid enough for me to be written as eight chapters in one book about growing up in China during the time of Mao. I love reading snapshots of time periods and cultures like this although I felt this book ended too abruptly.
While reading, I thought about how I'd love to gather a collection of graphic novels centered around childhood and use them as the basis of researching different cultures (Including the culture of grief, toothloss or teendom.)
Other great graphic memoirs could include:
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi -Iran
- Maus by Art Spiegelman - Germany WW2
- Bluffton by Matt Phelan- America 1900s
- El Deafo by Cece Bell - Deaf culture
- Bag of Marbles Kris, Joseph Joffo, Vincent Bailly, and Edward Gauvi - France during WW2
- Drawing from Memory by Allen Say- China during WW2
- Smile by Raina Telgemeier- Orthodontic Culture/MS America
- Dumbest Idea Ever by Jimmy Gownley - Everyday MS America
- Harvey by Jerve Bouchard and Janice Nadeau - France (and Grief)
- Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust by Loic Dauvillier, Marc Lizano, and Greg Salsedo -Paris 1942
- Matter of Life by Jeffrey Brown- Family and Loss
I'm going to keep thinking about this list and adding to it. I feel a great research project coming on!