Cory reviews Stepping Stones By Lucy Knisley

Lucy Knisley is one of my favorite cartoonists (here are past posts about Lucy). She's written a number of excellent autobiographical comix, and her newest work is a graphic novel memoir for young adults called Stepping Stones. Cory Doctorow reviewed it on his blog, Pluralistic:

Graphic novelist Lucy Knisley's memoirs are classics of the field – drawn with the straightforward lines and character designs of Raina Telgemeier, told with the wrenching pathos, nuance, comedy and complexity of Lynda Barry.

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Excerpt from Lynda Barry's new illustrated novella, The Good Times are Killing Me

Drawn & Quarterly has a new edition of Lynda Barry's coming-of-age novella, The Good Times are Killing Me

Young Edna Arkins lives in a neighborhood that is rapidly changing, thanks to white flight from urban Seattle in the late 1960s. As the world changes around her, Edna is exposed to the callous racism of adults―sometimes subtle and other times blatant, but always stinging.

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The Greatest of Marlys! is the Lynda Barry book we've been waiting for

I started reading Lynda Barry's "Ernie Pook's Comeek" in the back pages of NOW Magazine as a teenager, and it is forever linked in my mind with Matt Groening's Life in Hell, which ran on the next page over. Today, Drawn and Quarterly publishes The Greatest of Marlys, the expanded and updated version of the giant collection that, 16 years ago, was the definitive record of one of the most extraordinary comics ever to grace newsprint.

What It Is – How to channel your inner cephalopod

David Letterman sometimes says, of certain eccentric (usually brilliant) people: "She (or he) ain't hooked up right." He means it as a compliment. Lynda Barry definitely ain't hooked up right – and we're all more enriched for the strange wiring.

So, it's no surprise that when the well-known comic artist sat down to write a book about the craft of writing (based on her popular writing workshops), she'd end up with something utterly unlike any previous writing guide. — Read the rest

Huge underground comix sale from Last Gasp

LG comix


Today, our friends at Last Gasp are having a huge underground comix megasale at Fab.com of fantastic funny book bundles filled with works by Robert Crumb, Dan Clowes, Spain Rodriguez, Dori Seda, Lynda Barry, Gilbert Shelton, Diane Noomin, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Peter Bagge, Jay Kinney, Dennis Worden, Kaz, Trina Robbins, S Clay Wilson, Robert Williams, Bill Griffith, Ted Richards, Mats?!, — Read the rest

Linda Barry is back from

Lynda Barry is back from her hiatus, with a new strip on Salon. I'm glad — it's a lovely strip — but I sure hope she gets back to work on the next novel. Cruddy, her last one, was a savage and brilliant book like a fishhook in the mind. — Read the rest