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It's So Magic Paperback – March, 1994

4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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The latest book full of "Ernie Pook's Comeek" installments features fewer of the emotional storms of early adolescence than My Perfect Life (1992), arguably Barry's best collection. It's more about what impinges on late-1960s midteener Maybonne Mullen than what she initiates, and it's got much more of the stories Maybonne's irrepressible younger sister, Marlys, writes and draws as well as some by their brother, Freddie. The boy's arrival to live with his sisters at Grandma Mullen's (he'd been with an aunt since his mother's breakdown) is one of the momentous happenings these four-panel strips record. Others are the brief return of Uncle John, whom the sisters adore even though he's gay; the night Maybonne's friend Cindy loses her virginity to the "new boys from the Catholic school"; reading Cindy's letters from a former boyfriend, a high-school dropout now in the army in Vietnam; being called back to live with Mom again and getting there on the bus; and when Maybonne returns to her old school, finding her old friend Brenda has been telling wild stories about her. And they are all, thanks to Barry's mastery of her material, quite magical indeed. Ray Olson
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Perennial; 1st ed edition (March 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060950463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060950460
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Gillot on September 30, 1997
Format: Paperback
This super duper book is a compilation of Lynda Barry's comics about two weird sisters named Marlys and Maybonne. Some sections are told through older sister Maybonne's diary and they usually involve the dramas of junior high, like moving back to your old school and finding out that your best friend has told everyone that you've become a lesbian slut. My favorite sections are the ones told through Marlys' eyes. She writes book reports about bats, and draws her own comics about her sister's favorite things. Marlys' drawings of people and the caption bubbles coming out of their mouths are so creative and authentically first graderish.
Why oh why is this book out of print? I checked it out of my library, but maybe we can start a revolution and bring it back.
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This is an absolutely amazing work. If you can get your hands on it it is definately worth the effort. I first read it a few years ago and must have read it about six times since then.
It deals with love, friends, family, homosexuality, and life in general. I found it one of the most true and beautiful peices I've ever read.
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OK, here's the deal, if you wanna get down with your bad self and figure out if your childhood really did suck, read any or all of Lynda Barry's books. Not only will she prove to you that it did suck, but she will also show you that everybody else's childhood sucked too! However, she will also demonstrate to you, in a very amusing way, that we were all, mostly, too dumb to let it get in the way or really bother us. In fact, many of us will relive the pain and pleasure through Lynda's therapy and will actually enjoy it.
So, do yourself a favour and read all her stuff. And if you don't get her books, then, not only did your childhood suck but your adulthood is even worse! Yolo tendo! Namaste Leenda Namaste!!!!
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Lynda Barry saved my life with Ernie Pook's Comeek when I lived in Washington DC, and in return I feel obligated to purchase every book she's ever written. Not that that's an awful thing. The continuing saga of Marlys and Maybonne keeps me in tears, both from laughter and from sadness. The only reason this only gets four instead of five stars is that I'm starting to get a little burned out on them. Barry is so precise in tales of growing up, she's in a league with Groening, Judge, et al, in perfectly capturing, in a crude drawing, such common elements to our childhood as cereal boxes, bad haricuts, and boys who smoke. I highly recommend any Lynda Barry collection, and this chapter does not disappoint.
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