Elizabeth Trembley

Named one of the Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2022 by The Mary Sue!

Look Again, a speculative graphic memoir about trauma, storytelling, comics, and hope, is my most recent work (September 2022).

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Here’s what readers have said:

“Much like Liana Fink’s Passing for Human, this graphic novel examines the creator’s life as a creation myth of sorts … this unflinching examination of trauma and the fragmentation it leaves behind is well worth the investment.” The Mary Sue

“Intense, articulate, and self-reflective, this makes one look hard at the shifting nature of memory. And involving graphic memoir for enthusiasts of the genre.” Library Journal

Trembley “uses the cartoon medium imaginatively. By carefully unfolding the complexities of trauma and memory, Trembley has created a quasi-psychological/therapeutic thriller, one crafted with equal parts mystery, honesty, and empathy.” Publisher’s Weekly

“Dense, layered, nuanced, and deeply personal … Trembley’s work to replicate her emotions that morning is brutally successful … The first time I recall being hooked in a similar way with a graphic novel is while reading Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home … each author unflinchingly explores their emotional psyche.” Gay League

This one-woman Rashomon is not only an engrossing page-turner, it’s also a profound argument for the power of comics to convey the fragmented nature of traumatic memory.” Matt Madden, author of Ex Libris

“Trauma shatters what we think of as truth. This deeply moving memoir perfectly captures how we rewrite the stories we tell ourselves in order to heal. I’m so grateful I read it.” Danny Gregory, author of How to Draw Without Talent

“A wise and vital consideration of memory, PTSD, and how our memories form around trauma. A welcome addition to the Graphic Medicine canon!” Nicole J. Georges, author of Fetch and Calling Dr. Laura

“Both unsettling and reassuring, navigating the thorny and ever-branching paths of memory, psychology, fear and trauma, while excavating the power of art and comics as sources of healing.” Bishakh Som, author of Apsara Engine and Spellbound: A Graphic Memoir

“A masterclass in reassembling narratives of trauma and of self, leading us through with patience, authenticity, and vulnerability, providing a guide for the rest of us.” MK Czerwiec, author of Menopause: A Graphic Treatment

“A re-seeing of a traumatic event, making the case that we change our own experience! In the gaps between our traumas and the stories we tell about them lie all the blanks, shifts, and elisions that are connected like dots into meaning.” Rhoda Janzen, author of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress

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Photo: Stacey L. Butler

I’m an award-winning novelist, memoirist, storyteller, and comics maker.

Read this interview I did with Rob Kirby of Publisher’s Weekly.

You can learn about my fiction and scholarship here.

Check out my most recent ideas on Instagram.

I am also a teacher. I offer workshops in comics, zine-making, graphic memoir, storytelling, online pedagogy, and innovation strategies. I lead the Graphic Memoir +Medicine ongoing group online at the Sequential Artists Workshop.

Want to Work with Me?

Whether you write prose, create comics, or want to explore digital storytelling… whether you favor fiction or nonfiction… whether you want to use paper or digital, I can help you think about new ways to engage your readers.

Are you an educator?  Do you want to help your students connect their lives and thoughts to the lessons in your curriculum?  Combining words and images through comics, sketchnoting, and storytelling helps all of us engage with life and learning on many levels.  Using both traditional and online tools, I can help you create new ways to help your students engage in meaningful ways.

If you or your team wants to do more with innovation, I can help!

You can contact me about any of my work at
beth at SequentialArtistsWorkshop dot org