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date: 25 July 2021

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As the body of comics increases, so, too, does the variety of subject matter. Comics now address profound aspects of the human condition, especially through the genre of memoir. However, it is not enough to note the breadth of memoir topically; it is critical to explore how these stories are told. Memoir in comics creates a space for experiencing the past in a visually dynamic way that both reflects and rejects literal or factual reality, supplanting it with a kind of subjectivity that embodies personal truths. This chapter explores how the medium of comics, through its hybridity and materiality, reveals the fictionality of autobiography in a stylized manner that still connects to personal experience in a way that manages to supersede realism. In addition, through their transgressive nature, comics synergize with voices and identities that move counter to mainstream culture, giving voice to the voiceless.

Keywords: comics studies, memoir, autobiography, graphic novel, comics, comic books, creative nonfiction

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