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ISBN13: 9781897299647
ISBN10: 1897299648
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"Lynda Barry is particularly adept at working with intolerable states. Her graphic stories are situated within deeply uncomfortable, even traumatic circumstances. Characters like Marlys, Freddie, and Arna are engaging partly because they are often awkward, ignorant, and "wrong" — yet they still manage to be always and entirely themselves, despite their dependence on adults who do not always have their best interests in mind. For a long time, these fictional kids have inspired readers who struggle to remain true to themselves amidst their own challenging circumstances." Jen Besemer, Rain Taxi (Read the entire Rain Taxi review)

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Publisher Comments:

This endearing myopic monkey inhabits an everyday world, but one not without a supernatural charm; she is just as likely to appear at your doorway with a freshly baked pie as with her elephant-eared imaginary friend. Nearsighted Monkey collects a series of portraits in which the pleasant primate goes about her daily life — smoking while hogging the remote, making pancakes, waiting for the bus — alternately bundled up for her travels or lounging in slippers and a housecoat. She might drink all of your wine, or the last of the coffee, but all is forgiven upon her presentation of a perfect grilled cheese sandwich.

Lynda Barry presents this remarkably familiar character in colorfully inked pages, sometimes painted upon typed science and arithmetic notes from the 1920s. Contrasted in this fashion, the monkey and her pursuits become much more substantial than the long-forgotten lesson plans they upstage. Similarly, in true Lynda Barry style, they serve as a reminder of the playfulness so key to genuine learning and to a satisfying daily routine.

Review:

"Barry's follow-up to her critically and popularly acclaimed What It Is focuses on the practice and purpose of drawing. As before, this oversized, full-color book collages comics, drawings, and found images to blend memoir, fiction, and philosophy with workbook-style instruction. Picture This proceeds from the same ideas in Barry's earlier work — which regard creative activity as a necessary extension of childhood play — but may be neater in its marriage of theory and practice. By focusing on drawing as directly as the first book did on writing, this ornately visual book shows the fruits of Barry's practice on every page even as it makes her methods overtly accessible. The book is interspersed with comics narratives including moving autobiographical shorts and sequences featuring her beloved characters Marlys, Maybonne, and Arna, as well as full-page images of her new character: a self-satisfied avatar called 'The Nearsighted Monkey,' who represents, perhaps, a well-fed creative impulse. A pedagogical sketchbook by a wise and eccentric kindergarten teacher for adults — who is also a fully mature artist — Picture This teaches, nurtures, and encourages without sacrificing the edge that makes art a thrilling journey into the unknown. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

Nearsighted Monkey collects a series of portraits in which the pleasant primate goes about her daily life — smoking while hogging the remote, making pancakes, waiting for the bus — alternately bundled up for her travels or lounging in slippers and a housecoat.

Synopsis:

A Drawn & Quarterly Petit Livre by the cartoonist of What It Is.

Synopsis:

The creative-drawing companion to the acclaimed and bestselling What It Is.

Lynda Barry single-handedly created a literary genre all her own, the graphic memoir/how-to, otherwise known as the bestselling, the acclaimed, but most important, the adored and the inspirational What It Is. The R. R. Donnelley and Eisner Award winning book posed, explored, and answered the question: "Do you wish you could write?" Now with Picture This, Barry asks: "Do you wish you could draw?" It features the return of Barry's most beloved character, Marly's, and introduces a new one, the Near-sighted Monkey. Like What It Is, Picture This is an inspirational, take-home extension of Barry's traveling, continually sold-out, and sought-after workshop, "Writing the Unthinkable."

Synopsis:

The creative-drawing companion to the acclaimed and bestselling What It Is

Lynda Barry single-handedly created a literary genre all her own, the graphic memoir/how-to, otherwise known as the bestselling, the acclaimed, but most important, the adored and the inspirational What It Is. The R. R. Donnelley and Eisner Award-winning book posed, explored, and answered the question: “Do you wish you could write?” Now with Picture This, Barry asks: “Do you wish you could draw?” It features the return of Barrys most beloved character, Marlys, and introduces a new one, the Near-sighted Monkey. LikeWhat It Is, Picture This is an inspirational, take-home extension of Barrys traveling, continually sold-out, and sought-after workshop, “Writing the Unthinkable.”

About the Author

Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator, and teacher, and found they are very much alike. She lives in Wisconsin.

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La Nina, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by La Nina)
My favorite book of 2011!
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Jess S, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Jess S)
Lynda Barry kills it in this most excellent volume that helps the reader tap into the state of making pictures with this book. The spirit animal guide of a nearsighted sock monkey guides you through questions like, why do children draw & when do adults stop? It's about how we fight against making art, even though it's a natural and healthy part of your brain's functioning, and how to remove those obstacles & free your pen/crayon/paint brush. It's mostly a creative journey, but people who love Lynda Barry's work will get lost in her gorgeous pages and anecdotes. It's like paging through her art diary, but it's a secret letter to your subconscious giving you permission to make pictures. Barry has been making the case for several years that art has an absolute biological function, like an immune system for your mental health. This volume is the extension of the ideas and questions in her previous book What It Is. I really enjoyed digging through this, and it's much cheaper than talk therapy or anti-depressants.
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chocolatekoala, September 24, 2010 (view all comments by chocolatekoala)
I have waited for a long time for this book to be available, I am sure it will be more than worth the wait. I love all of Lynda barry's books. I am excited to add this to my collection, and very excited to read it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781897299647
Author:
Barry, Lynda
Publisher:
Drawn & Quarterly
Subject:
General
Subject:
CGN000000
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-Color Illustrations Throughout
Pages:
204
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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Product details 204 pages Drawn and Quarterly - English 9781897299647 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Barry's follow-up to her critically and popularly acclaimed What It Is focuses on the practice and purpose of drawing. As before, this oversized, full-color book collages comics, drawings, and found images to blend memoir, fiction, and philosophy with workbook-style instruction. Picture This proceeds from the same ideas in Barry's earlier work — which regard creative activity as a necessary extension of childhood play — but may be neater in its marriage of theory and practice. By focusing on drawing as directly as the first book did on writing, this ornately visual book shows the fruits of Barry's practice on every page even as it makes her methods overtly accessible. The book is interspersed with comics narratives including moving autobiographical shorts and sequences featuring her beloved characters Marlys, Maybonne, and Arna, as well as full-page images of her new character: a self-satisfied avatar called 'The Nearsighted Monkey,' who represents, perhaps, a well-fed creative impulse. A pedagogical sketchbook by a wise and eccentric kindergarten teacher for adults — who is also a fully mature artist — Picture This teaches, nurtures, and encourages without sacrificing the edge that makes art a thrilling journey into the unknown. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review A Day" by , "Lynda Barry is particularly adept at working with intolerable states. Her graphic stories are situated within deeply uncomfortable, even traumatic circumstances. Characters like Marlys, Freddie, and Arna are engaging partly because they are often awkward, ignorant, and "wrong" — yet they still manage to be always and entirely themselves, despite their dependence on adults who do not always have their best interests in mind. For a long time, these fictional kids have inspired readers who struggle to remain true to themselves amidst their own challenging circumstances." (Read the entire Rain Taxi review)
"Synopsis" by , Nearsighted Monkey collects a series of portraits in which the pleasant primate goes about her daily life — smoking while hogging the remote, making pancakes, waiting for the bus — alternately bundled up for her travels or lounging in slippers and a housecoat.
"Synopsis" by , A Drawn & Quarterly Petit Livre by the cartoonist of What It Is.
"Synopsis" by , The creative-drawing companion to the acclaimed and bestselling What It Is.

Lynda Barry single-handedly created a literary genre all her own, the graphic memoir/how-to, otherwise known as the bestselling, the acclaimed, but most important, the adored and the inspirational What It Is. The R. R. Donnelley and Eisner Award winning book posed, explored, and answered the question: "Do you wish you could write?" Now with Picture This, Barry asks: "Do you wish you could draw?" It features the return of Barry's most beloved character, Marly's, and introduces a new one, the Near-sighted Monkey. Like What It Is, Picture This is an inspirational, take-home extension of Barry's traveling, continually sold-out, and sought-after workshop, "Writing the Unthinkable."

"Synopsis" by ,

The creative-drawing companion to the acclaimed and bestselling What It Is

Lynda Barry single-handedly created a literary genre all her own, the graphic memoir/how-to, otherwise known as the bestselling, the acclaimed, but most important, the adored and the inspirational What It Is. The R. R. Donnelley and Eisner Award-winning book posed, explored, and answered the question: “Do you wish you could write?” Now with Picture This, Barry asks: “Do you wish you could draw?” It features the return of Barrys most beloved character, Marlys, and introduces a new one, the Near-sighted Monkey. LikeWhat It Is, Picture This is an inspirational, take-home extension of Barrys traveling, continually sold-out, and sought-after workshop, “Writing the Unthinkable.”

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