MAKING COMICS BY LYNDA BARRY
After Lynda Barry won one of the 2019 MacArthur Fellows grants, I decided to check out this, her most recent comic book. It is amazing. Part teaching memoir, part philosophy of art and comics, part comic exercises for instruction, this is a densely packed comic book that took me a week to get through, and I wasn’t even attempting any of the exercises. I’ve since tried a few, but I’ve really latched on to making random monsters so that’s mostly what I draw while doodling with my daughter. Even though I have no desire to ever create comics myself, I loved reading Barry’s insights into both comics and teaching. As a teacher and a writer, I found both her reflections and the exercises immensely helpful and inspiring. I can’t wait to read her other books!