Lynda Barry on Making Comics

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Thu, 07/23/2020 - 11:30am to 12:00pm
Comics artist and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Lynda Barry talks at Powell's City of Books for Words and Pictures with S.W. Conser
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Comics artist and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Lynda Barry talks at Powell's City of Books for Words and Pictures with S.W. Conser
Comics artist and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Lynda Barry talks at Powell's City of Books for Words and Pictures with S.W. Conser
Artist, author, playwright, academic, and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Lynda Barry inspires audiences young and old to create comics

 

Lynda Barry calls herself "an accidental professor," but she began her career as an accidental cartoonist in the 1970's, when Evergreen State College classmate Matt Groening published her comics in the school paper without her knowledge.  Barry's weekly strip Ernie Pook's Comeek went on to enjoy a thirty-year run in alternative newspapers and led to a series of illustrated novels, including The Good Times Are Killing Me which Barry adapted for the stage in 1990.

Lynda Barry became a mentor to young (and not-so-young) creatives, with her how-to books What It IsPicture ThisSyllabus, and the recent Making Comics.  Meanwhile, her Writing the Unthinkable workshops have become popular throughout the U.S. and Canada.  She now makes her home near Madison, Wisconsin, where she is Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Creativity at the University of Wisconsin.  In 2019, she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" fellowship for extraordinary originality and dedication to the arts.

This talk was recorded at Powell's City of Books on 14 October 2019, where Lynda Barry was joined by fellow comics artist Chris Ware.

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