julehlers, September 4, 2011 (view all comments by julehlers)
This book is different from most of Lynda Barry's others--in addition to her usual paneled comics (which are great as always), there are elaborate collages on many pages. The collages are definitely fascinating but also a lot to take in, which made reading this kind of slow going at first. Don't give up, though--the book pays off in spades. Recommended for all Lynda Barry fans and for would-be writers.
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Jessica Weissman, May 14, 2008 (view all comments by Jessica Weissman)
Lynda Barry shares her creative process with you in a book full of great drawings and insights. This is the same stuff she teaches at courses around the country, and it works. Memory and images make fiction, right? And you can start in ten minutes.
What It Is is great.
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Drawn and Quarterly -
"Deliciously drawn (with fragments of collage worked into each page), insightful and bubbling with delight in the process of artistic creation. A+"
“Deliciously drawn (with fragments of collage worked into each page), insightful and bubbling with delight in the process of artistic creation. A+” —Salon
How do objects summon memories? What do real images feel like? For decades, these types of questions have permeated the pages of Lynda Barrys compositions, with words attracting pictures and conjuring places through a pen that first and foremost keeps on moving. What It Is demonstrates a tried-and-true creative method that is playful, powerful, and accessible to anyone with an inquisitive wish to write or to remember. Composed of completely new material, each page of Barrys first Drawn & Quarterly book is a full-color collage that is not only a gentle guide to this process but an invigorating example of exactly what it is: “The ordinary is extraordinary.”
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