Gabrielle Bell, indie comics darling and anxious auto-bio queen, has trouble introducing her work.
“I find it difficult,” Bell told The Nib, “I usually say they are comics about myself, and then I get really quiet and mysterious and hope it makes people want to learn more about me.”
To facilitate learning more about Bell, this week The Nib will be publishing ‘The Colombia Diaries’ — an excerpt from her new book, Truth is Fragmentary: Travelogues & Diaries.
Unlike her other autobiographical comics, ‘Colombia Diaries’ was written in third person by a fictional secretary.
“It was an experiment,” Bell explained, “I’d done so many diaries and travelogues at this point I felt in danger of repeating myself, and also simply sick of my own voice.
“So this was meant to be a new twist.”