The connection of graphic novels and memoir is long and deep. For examples, to name just a few, check out Joyce Brabner and Harvey Pekar’s Our Cancer Year, Phoebe Gloeckner’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl: an Account in Words and Pictures, David Small’s Stitches: a Memoir, Lynda Barry’s Picture This, or Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic. What about gag comics, those one shot cartoons that used to be everywhere, but are now primarily found in the New Yorker? Turns out some of them are drawn from real life as well. The New Yorker offers a few with commentary by the creators, including the Roz Chast ‘toon above.
To explore further:
The Comic worlds of Peter Arno, William Steig, Charles Addams, and Saul Steinberg / Iain Topliss – NC1428.N47 T66 2007
The Complete cartoons of the New Yorker / edited by Robert Mankoff – NC1428.N47 C66 2004
Theories of everything : selected, collected, and health-inspected cartoons, 1978-2006 / Roz Chast. – NC1429.C525 A4 2006
Discovery of America / Saul Steinberg. – NC1429.S588 A4 1992
Chas Addams : a cartoonist’s life / Linda H. Davis. – NC1429.A25 D38 2006