Law and Conversation

November 8, 2010

Read This: Lynda J. Barry

Filed under: Books and writing,graphic novels,Read This! — Helen Gunnarsson @ 3:31 pm
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I can’t think of another graphic novelist that I love as much or whose talent leaves me in such awe as Lynda J. Barry, known for her syndicated “Ernie Pook’s Comeek” among many other works.  She’s been interviewed on the CBC several times, including by Eleanor Wachtel on Writers And Company and Jian Ghomeishi on Q on November 4, 2010. has a compilation of articles about her, including links to comics that may or may not still work.  NPR has an interview with her on Talk of the Nation, and other articles and interviews with her are here, here, and here.

Barry’s last book, “What It Is,” is full of exercises and suggestions for developing creativity; I’m excited to find that she has a new one out last month, “Picture This.”  Her very grown-up comics, drawn in a very childlike style, intrigued me the minute I saw them in the Chicago Reader in the early 1980s, and her play, “The Good Times Are Killing Me,” produced in Chicago in the 1980s, is one of the best plays, and most sensitive explorations of the awareness of racial divisions that children experience as they grow up, that I’ve ever seen or read.

I’ll be dedicating my Wednesday posts to recommending three books, so please check back this Wednesday for three books of Lynda Barry’s.  (How to choose?)

What cartoonists have you found memorable or moving?


  1. […] am Tags: creativity, art, Lynda Barry, graphic novels, cartoons, comics, drawing, William Blake Monday’s Read This! post urged everyone to read Lynda J. Barry’s amazing comics and graphic novels.  All of her books […]

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  2. […] speaking of graphic novels, last week I posted about another graphic novelist whose books I love, Lynda J. Barry.  Nathalie Atkinson at […]

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  3. […] posted several times over the last couple of weeks about how I love comics and graphic novels.  I’d heard of Harvey Pekar and his “American Splendor” series, especially once […]

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  4. […] you follow the links on my recent posts, you’ll find other links to good stuff about Lynda, including my own list of three wonderful […]

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  5. […] on Two Questions from the artist Lynda J. Barry.  Having been a fan of Barry for 30 years, I’ve sung her praises here a number of times. I keep finding more and more to love about her work, including the panels […]

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