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What It Is
by Lynda Barry


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"Deliciously drawn (with fragments of collage worked into each page), insightful and bubbling with delight in the process of artistic creation. A+" -"Salon"
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How do objects summon memories? What do real images feel like? For decades, these types of questions have permeated the pages of Lynda Barry's compositions, with words attracting pictures and conjuring places through a pen that first and foremost keeps on moving.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"Deliciously drawn (with fragments of collage worked into each page), insightful and bubbling with delight in the process of artistic creation. A+" -"Salon"
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How do objects summon memories? What do real images feel like? For decades, these types of questions have permeated the pages of Lynda Barry's 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 Barry's 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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  • ISBN-13: 9781897299357
  • ISBN-10: 1897299354
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
  • Publish Date: May 2008
  • Page Count: 209


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Books > Comics & Graphic Novels > Literary

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 45.
  • Review Date: 2008-05-26
  • Reviewer: Staff

This brilliant, beautiful, nearly uncategorizable book is a print version of Barry's famous seminar “Writing the Unthinkable” a class about writing from “images,” recollected or imagined moments. It's part cartooning, part handwritten text, part ornate multimedia collage (with heartbreaking pieces of decades-old school papers and words snipped out of old textbooks)—all three appear on almost every page, most of which Barry constructed by decorating every available space on ruled yellow notebook paper. The first and longest section is a bizarre and hilarious memoir of Barry's creative impulses: how they developed when she was a child, how they flickered and faded when she started asking herself “Is this good?” and “Does this suck?” and how they returned when she learned to escape that trap. The core of the book, though, explains the “writing the unthinkable” technique; it's narrated by a sea monster and stars a “magic cephalopod.” Finally, Barry shows us a sheaf of her note pad, the pages she fills with doodles and spare phrases while she's working on a “real” project; they are, naturally, as vivid and radiantly eccentric as everything else here. The whole thing is overflowing with quirks, strangeness and charm, and makes palpable Barry's affection for her students and the act of art making itself. (May)

 
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