WHAT IT IS reviewed by Book By Its Cover

“What It Is” / Book By Its Cover / Julia Rothman / May 12, 2008

You may have noticed a new ad popped up on the blog of the cover of the new Lynda Barry book I am about to review. The book is available now from Drawn and Quarterly and you should get your hands on one as soon as possible. It’s gorgeous. Between auto-biographical comics are these incredible collages that ask questions that will confuse your creative brain like- “What is an image?” or “Can we imagine something that we can’t remember?” Lynda’s comic-drawn self says “The thing I call ‘my mind’ seems to be kind of a landlord that doesn’t really know its tenants.” Through these pages, filled to the brim with funny drawings, comic anecdotes from her past and collaged bits of books, stamps and childhood writing, Lynda explores herself as an artist and challenges you to do the same. The back of the book even has some activities you can try to get your imaginative ideas flowing like making a word bag - you collect a bunch of words and pick blindly from the bag to spark a thought. When I look up Lynda Barry on Wikipedia, it calls her “one of the most successful non-mainstream American cartoonists” because of her weekly comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek and her numerous publications. Her book The Good Times are Killing Me was even made into a play

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