What It Is

Lynda Barry


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Drawn and Quarterly
2 April 2024
ISBN: 9781770467378
216 pages

From the publisher

Lynda Barry’s bestselling treatise on creativity, What It Is, is now available in paperback

How do objects summon memories? What do real images feel like? What is an image? What is the past? For decades, these 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. Barry’s What It Is demonstrates a tried-and-true creative method that is playful, powerful, and accessible to anyone with an inquisitive mind who wishes to write or to remember.

In this exploratory workbook, confessional, and memoir each page is a full-color collage that is a gentle guide to the  creative process packed full of swirling collaged images with pen and ink drawings on Barry’s signature legal paper.  Barry’s award winning book is an invigorating example of exactly what it is: “The ordinary is extraordinary.”