autobiography

Michael Harvey's Life of Letters

I have known Michael Harvey, the British book jacket designer / lettercutter / type designer, for nearly thirty years. And I have known his work for far longer, having first discovered it in Erik Lindegren’s ABC of Lettering and Printing Types (Askim, Sweden: Erik Lindegren Grafisk Studio, 1964–1965, 3 vols.) when I was a...

Today's Obsession: Marwencol

Here’s an interesting way of seeing the world: externalized autobiography. Mark Hogancamp was beaten so badly in 2000 that he slipped into a coma, and is now regaining his sense of self and his motor skills by creating miniature vignettes from a fictionalized World War Two village called Marwencol. Each photograph is posed and...

What Harvey Pekar Did For Comics

Harvey Pekar did not invent autobiographical comics. In the American comics tradition alone, the pioneering female cartoonist Fay King regularly inserted herself as a character in her Jazz Age cartoons and comic strips. Robert Crumb, the illustrator of some of Pekar’s most memorable works, took the self as a subject in several of his...