New Graphic Memoir About the Mysteries of Family
"A family story is always something of a mystery story. The mystery, of course, is, "How could I possibly have come from these people?"
Etelka Lehocsky has a great book review of "Invisible Ink: My Mother's Secret Love Affair With a Famous Cartoonist!!" The graphic memoir is written by Bill Griffith, the creator of Zippy the Pinhead.
It was about the time he invented Zippy, in the early '70s, that Griffith learned something about his parents that shook him profoundly. Right after his father's death, his mother confessed to him that she'd had a 16-year affair with another man. Suddenly his father's constant, simmering resentment and explosions of violence seemed to make some kind of sense. Adding a weird twist for the young cartoonist, the man his mother had loved, Lawrence Lariar, was a cartoonist himself. Now, after discovering some family memorabilia, Griffith has taken time to explore his mother's secret and its hidden impact on everyone around her.
"Invisible Ink" was released on October 3, 2015. I just ordered a copy from Amazon.
If graphic memoirs about family are your thing, too, check out "Are You My Mother?" by Alison Bechdel and "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" by Roz Chast. I read and enjoyed both of those.