Sunday, November 15, 2009


Lynda Barry's pep talk at National Novel Writing Month

Dear Writer,

Reconsider your hand. Reconsider writing by hand. There is a kind of story that comes from hand. Writing which is different from a tapping-on-a-keyboard-kind-of-story. For one thing, there is no delete button, making the experience more life like right away. You can't delete the things you feel unsure about and because of this, the things you feel unsure about have a much better chance of being able to exist long enough to reveal themselves. And the physical activity of writing by hand involves many parts of the brain which are used in story making such as time, place, action, characters, relationships, and moving forward across an entire connected gesture. And that's just what goes on when we write a single
letter by hand.


Full pep talk (including the hand-written original) here!

Monday, November 9, 2009


Lynda Barry and Matt Groening at UIC

“Chicago is a place where there is ample parking compared to [other] big cities and average looking people are considered boxy, which is why I love being here,” said Lynda Barry, popular cartoonist and illustrator of the Ernie Pook’s Comeek. Barry and the creator of “The Simpsons” phenomenon, Matt Groening, spoke at a local university’s campus on Nov. 5 to put a comedic spin on the ups and downs of their private and professional lives.

Full story here.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Matt Groening & Lynda Barry

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