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Blabber Blabber Blabber: Volume 1 of Everything Hardcover – October 31, 2011
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I reveled in Lynda's early work, and found her one-off comics to be among my favorites. I was particularly entertained by the skewering of the then-popular "you might be an artist" advertisements on p. 14 ("You may have hidden artistic talent!") and especially the humor test I chose for my title (P. 15.) Lynda's peculiar style, her constantly changing use of fonts and spellings, and dabbling with surrealism (see especially the dueling cacti on p. 17) make for a great read. I've always thought of Lynda as a kindred spirit, and anyone from any age can find something to delight in here.
This book really takes me back in time, and I couldn't have enjoyed it more. Lynda, sincere thanks to you! Now can you get the next collection out please? I can't wait!
The term is established, but it is not a good fit for her work. The term comes from the fact that her strips were published in the newsweeklies that sprung up around the country as alternatives to the mainline consumer newspapers, the papers that carried Donald Duck, Dick Tracey and Little Orphan Annie. In truth, those comic strips, which are all highly fanciful in their way, portrayed worlds that were far less real than the one Lynda Barry conjured up week after week.
She dealt with life as it unfolds for those for whom life makes no sense, often from the view point of young girls as she did in her "Two Sisters" strip which is included in this volume. These are characters who would change place with Annie in a Seattle second.
Lynda Barry stepped away from drawing her comic strips in 2008 as the alternative newsweekly market shrank to the vanishing point. Now she spends a good deal of her time teaching others how to do what she did, how to write, to draw, to tell their stories. She is very good at it. Her workshops are filled with men and women, old and young and in between, who swear by her.Read more ›
do you get the picture? I love Lynda Barry. My daughter carolyn says that she picks out her friends with a Lynda Barry test. If they don't like Lynda Barry, they are not the people for her. Not a bad idea, Carolyn.
What a fantastic boyfriend...and what a fantastic book!
*Everything Volume 1* has a little of everything about Lynda Barry that I love. Even the introduction is a special treat "written" as it is in Barry's distinctive and current collage style.
This book collects some of Barry's earlier pieces and comic series. Repetition of theme and even treatment in such a collection is probably inevitable, but even where repetition may inevitably occur in the writing there is so much to look at in Barry's graphic presentation that the work never grows tiresome or stale. There is an irrepressible vibrancy to Barry's line and a "primitive" decorative beauty to her work that makes it endlessly pleasurable to look at.
Don't get me wrong, though.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very cool. Funny and insightful. Kind of "smart *ss" in a great way.Published 18 months ago by Roosterblooze
This book is for people who absolutely must own every single piece of work Lynda Barry has ever created. Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Russ
I loaned my copy of "Boys and Girls" to a friend and never got it back - I have missed that little book for almost 15 years now! Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by Avid Reader
Who doesn't love Lynda Barry?? This brought back memories of my youth, laughing hilariously at Ms. Barry's cartoons each week and then reading it made me laugh even harder. Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Umberto Eco