What is autobiographix?

"Autobiographix" is a captivating genre that blends nonfiction narratives with the expressive power of comics. From diary comics to graphic memoir, autobiographix encompasses the full range of nonfiction comics.

Allow us to introduce ourselves. Nora, who previously worked at comic publishers Devil's Due Publishing and Drawn and Quarterly, brings her expertise in poetry and newspaper strips, showcased in publications like Guernica, DIAGRAM, Bennington Review, and more. She currently teaches comics history at the Columbus College of Art & Design.

Amaris, on the other hand, finds her passion in drawing, creative nonfiction, and the occasional line break. Her graphic memoir, Unfiltered: A Cancer Year Diary, was published in 2023. Amaris teaches at the University of New Mexico; her courses regularly include the literary magazine Scribendi, graphic memoir, zines and handmade books, narrative journalism, and creative nonfiction.

With our combined knowledge and love for autobiographix, we are excited to share our insights, reviews, and discoveries in this newsletter. We have written chapters and articles, including an exploration of Bianca Stone's poetry comics in Comics Studies Journal, and our book reviews have appeared in reputable publications such as Solrad and The Rumpus. We have also had the privilege of presenting our research at conferences like the Exploring the In-Between: Comics in Flux Conference and the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference.

Join us in celebrating the diverse voices and profound storytelling found within this extraordinary genre. Stay connected with us as we share news about related events, opportunities, and delve into thought-provoking discussions about story, style, and the ever-evolving landscape of autobiographical comics. Welcome to our world of autobiographix, where personal narratives come alive through the transformative power of comics.

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Explorations in nonfiction and autobio comics

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Amaris Ketcham

Amaris occupies her time with open space, white space, CMYK, flash nonfiction, long trails, f-stops, line breaks, and several Adobe programs running simultaneously.

Nora Hickey

Nora has previously worked at comic publishers Devil’s Due Publishing and Drawn and Quarterly. Her writing appear in Guernica, DIAGRAM, Bennington Review and elsewhere. She teaches at Colorado State University and Aims Community College.