‘What It Is’? Collage, Comic, Story—and All Heart

Lynda Barry’s exquisite sensitivities—to art-making, growing up, growing older—burst forth in her latest book, a powerful admixture of memoir and textbook, collage and cartoon. Since we hardly know how to describe the tome other than to say it’s fantastic, we’re grateful that Barry will talk with Hillary Chute at the Comic and Cartoon Art Festival, plus add another layer to her text at an upcoming Strand reading. In the meantime, savor this multifaceted story — starting with this sample.

What It Is

Lynda Barry

Drawn and Quarterly

Out May 13

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