Artnews reviews Lynda Barry’s What It Is

Blocked? Eight Great Books for Igniting Creativity

ARTnews    |    Kyle Chayka    |    September 29, 2020

Lynda Barry combines visual art and writing in a way that few people have accomplished. Her books are not just comics but collages, memoirs, and philosophical texts. “What It Is” is an examination of her creative subconscious, confronting the core questions of what it means for her to make comics: How do objects summon memories? What do real images feel like? There’s a mystery to making art that often lays beyond words, but Barry feels her way toward answers. She finds that taking a walk sometimes helps.

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