Thursday, September 24, 2009


New interview with Lynda.

Being Undigital: An Interview with Lynda Barry
by Marcia Stepanek

I caught up with Barry at last week’s CUSP conference in Chicago; what follows is an edited transcript of that conversation:


You’re also working on a graphic novel, about the problems that people are having living on or near wind farms, right?

Yeah, it’s probably going to be in the form of a strip, a graphic novel, and non-fiction. I live in Wisconsin and one of our neighbors invited my husband, Kevin, and I to go with her to a public meeting at a school to hear about the wind farm coming into the area. So I went and somebody had a videotape of a set of interviews with people in Mars Hill, in Maine, (the site of another wind farm) talking about how horrible it was to live near one of these, and I got interested.

Read the full interview.


Lynda Barry @
Haverford College

Lynda Barry: Writing the Unthinkable
Cartoonists Lynda Barry and Eric Drooker will be joining the artists, critics, scholars, and community members taking part in the symposium "Drawing the Line: Comics and the Art of Social Transformation" on Haverford College's campus from October 22-25, 2009.

Members of the public are invited to Lynda Barry's presentation "Writing the Unthinkable".

Sharpless Auditorium
Haverford College
370 Lancaster Ave.
Haverford, PA 19041
Friday, October 23, 7:30 PM

Details here.

Monday, September 21, 2009


Lynda Barry @
Chicago Humanities Festival

Lynda Barry: Writing the Unthinkable
Lynda Barry’s quirky and wholly original creative voice has shone through in her syndicated strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek and in such books as One! Hundred! Demons! and the 2008 book What It Is. In this two-hour workshop designed to help participants tap their own creativity, Barry plumbs the depths of the imagination, where play can be serious, monsters can have purpose, and not knowing can be an answer in itself.

The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610
#304: Sat, Nov. 7 11:00 - 1:00 PM
Adults: $5.00
Educators & Students: FREE

Details here.


Lynda Barry @
Chicago Humanities Festival

Matt Groening & Lynda Barry Cartoonists in Conversation
Matt Groening (creator of the The Simpsons, Futurama, and Life in Hell) and Lynda Barry (Ernie Pook’s Comeek and The Good Times are Killing Me) first met in the 1970s at Evergreen State College, the improbable seedbed of some of the greatest graphic comic work of the past several decades. They remain close friends and continue to influence each other’s work. Two of the country’s funniest people separately, Groening and Barry together breach the comic sublime.

UIC Forum
Chicago, IL 60608
Thu, Nov. 5 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Adults: $15.00
Educators & Students: FREE

Details here.


Picture This!
The Near-Sighted Monkey

The Near Sighted Monkey Book was originally solicited as a petit livre but grew into a longer book. Drawn and Quarterly have some preview images on their blog.


Lynda Barry @
Grand Valley State University

The Grand Valley State University Department of Art and Design brings to campus writer and cartoonist Lynda Barry.

Loosemore Auditorium
Thursday, October 8, 2009
7:00 PM

Her lecture is open to the public with free admission.

Details here.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Lynda Barry portrait: part asian, 100% hapa
in North Carolina

July 1 - October 31, 2009 | FedEx Global Education Center

kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa is an exhibition of portraits by artist Kip Fulbeck, who traveled the country photographing Hapa of all ages and walks of life.

This exhibition is now on show at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and includes a portrait of Lynda Barry.


"New" Lynda Barry comic from Women's Health

If you missed Women's Health magazine in June 2008 (and that's got to be half of you, right?) then you missed this two-page colour strip.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Wind Farms

It was the strangest sensation Lynda Barry ever felt: a near-constant vibration within her body.

“You know how sometimes, around your eye, you’ll get this little tic that kind of wiggles?” says Barry, of Footville, Wis., south of Janesville. “It was like having that in your ear and your chest. A pulsing. It’s the weirdest feeling!”

Click through for the full story and comic strip here.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Grandma's Way-Out Party! Online!

Drop Everything! Forget your pirate video copy, Grandma's Way-Out Party! is now online at the Minnesota Video Vault!

Sunday, September 6, 2009


Lynda Barry on YouTube

I found three interesting Lynda Barry videos on YouTube:


Lynda's Eisner Award!

Lynda won the Eisner Award for "Best Reality-Based Work" for What It Is at this year's Eisner Awards.


Mike Judge on Lynda Barry

Mike Judge (writer/director of Office Space talks about Lynda in an interview from ScreenCrave:

Who in the entertainment industry are you a fanboy of?

MJ: One of the first ones was Bill Griffith who did the Pinhead. I totally fanboy-ed Don Novello as Father Guido who also did the brilliant The Laszlo Letters. When I first did my animated shorts on VHS tapes, I did Bill Griffith and Lynda Barry impersonations. I actually got a letter back from Lynda Barry, a postcard that read, “I got your videotape. I don’t have a VHS player yet.” I got a letter back later on that said she really liked it. Her stuff back in the 1980’s was really inspired.


Drawn and Quarterly to publish Lynda's new novel

Tom Spurgeon repoted on August 4 that Drawn and Quarterly will extend its recent publishing relationship with cartoonist, author and lecturer Lynda Barry to include a pair of new works. They will publish two new Barry books: The Near-Sighted Monkey Book: Picture This, featuring her well-regarded portraits of monkeys, and a prose novel called Birdis. Birdis will be Barry's first novel since Cruddy.

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