What It Is

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Drawn & Quarterly Publications, May 13, 2008 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 208 pages

"Deliciously drawn (with fragments of collage worked into each page), insightful and bubbling with delight in the process of artistic creation. A+" -Salon

How do objects summon memories? What do real images feel like? For decades, these types of questions have permeated the pages of Lynda Barry's compositions, with words attracting pictures and conjuring places through a pen that first and foremost keeps on moving. What It Is demonstrates a tried-and-true creative method that is playful, powerful, and accessible to anyone with an inquisitive wish to write or to remember. Composed of completely new material, each page of Barry's first Drawn & Quarterly book is a full-color collage that is not only a gentle guide to this process but an invigorating example of exactly what it is: "The ordinary is extraordinary."

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User Review  - Maré Odomo - Goodreads

The number of stars is subject to change, depending on whether or not this book's exercises release me from the whatever forces bind me from writing/comicking. Actually, I don't know if that's fair. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paulette Whitehurst - Goodreads

Fabulous if you are interested in journaling or helping kids learn to journal. Creative ideas! Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Cartoonist, novelist, and playwright Lynda Barry is the creator behind the
syndicated strip Ernie Pook's Comeek, featuring the incomparable Marlys and Freddy. Her books include One Hundred Demons and The Good Times Are Killing Me.

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