What It Is

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Lynda Barry is one of the pre-eminent cartoonists of the past generation, and in What It Is she demonstrates a tried-and-true creative method that is playful, powerful, and accessible to anyone with an inquisitive wish to write or remember.

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Bursting with full-color drawings, comics, and collages, autobiographical sections and gentle creative guidance, each page is an invigorating example of exactly what it is: "The ordinary is extraordinary."

Lynda Barry explores the depths of the inner and outer realms of creation and imagination, where play can be serious, monsters have purpose, and not knowing is an answer unto itself. How do objects summon memories? What do real images feel like? These types of questions permeate the pages of What It Is, with words attracting pictures and conjuring places through a pen that first and foremost keeps on moving. Her insight and sincerity will tackle the most persistent of inhibitions, calling back every kid who quit drawing to again feel alive at the experiential level.

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Author Lynda Barry
Publisher Drawn & Quarterly
Page Count 208pp
Publication Size 8.5 x 11
Publication Notes Hardcover, Color
Publication Date May 13, 2008
ISBN 978-1897299357

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