My favorite graphic novels tell true stories. I especially like reading graphic memoirs and learning about other people’s lives.
In Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos and Me: a graphic memoir
, Lorina Mapa
combines the personal and political, weaving together past and present: her father's death, her teen years and her family's experience with the 1986 People Power Revolution in the Philippines. Music had a big influence on teenaged Mapa. She obsessed about many bands and songs, one day playing Duran Duran’
s “Tiger Tiger
” 27 times in a row, till her brother threatened to throw the tape deck out the window! On a more serious note, most of her family engaged in the campaign to successfully elect Corazon Aquino and remove dictator Ferdinand Marcos from power. The death of her father several years later brought all the memories back; her graphic novel brings them to life for her readers.
Bonus: the last pages include a discography of Mapa’s 1980's music favorites as a teen!