MA – An Evening with Lynda Barry

Press Release:

Award-winning painter, cartoonist, writer, and illustrator Lynda Barry appears at Boston University on Thursday, November 8th at 5:00 PM to speak on creativity and the biological function of “the arts.”

Why do people wish they could write, sing, dance, and draw, long after they’ve given up on these things? Does creative activity have a biological function? There is something common to everything we call the arts. What is it? It’s something Lynda Barry calls ‘an image’, something that feels alive and is contained and transported by something that is not alive—a book, or a song or a painting—anything we call an ‘art form’. This ancient ‘it’ has been around at least as long as we have had hands, and the state of mind it brings about is not plain old ‘thinking’. This talk is about our innate creative ability to work with images and the biological function of this thing we call “the arts.” Please note: There will be swear words, party tricks, and jokes about balls.

Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and teacher and found they are very much alike. The New York Times has described Barry as “among this country’s greatest conjoiners of words and images, known for plumbing all kinds of touchy subjects in cartoons, comic strips and novels, both graphic and illustrated.” Widely credited with expanding the literary, thematic and emotional range of American comics, Barry’s seminal comic strip, Ernie Pook’s Comeek, ran in alternative newspapers across North America for thirty years.

Lynda Barry will be delivering the annual Stanley P. Stone Distinguished Lecture. The Stanley P. Stone Distinguished Lecture Series brings notable, inspiring speakers to Boston University College of General Studies, inviting the CGS and BU community to broaden their educational experience related one of the College’s academic division areas: humanities, social science, natural sciences, or rhetoric. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

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Boston University
871 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
(617) 353-2850

CA – Love, Hate & Comics–The Friendship That Would Not Die

Matt Groening and Lynda Barry appear on Saturday, October 7 at 8:00 PM to reminisce about 40 years of friendship and creativity, aided by a homey and hilarious slideshow of photos and comics. An audience Q&A follows their talk. Tickets available at the link…

Matt Groening and Lynda Barry met at The Evergreen State College when he was editing the school paper and she was an aspiring comic artist. A lifetime later, the creator of The Simpsons, the animated sitcom that is now the longest-running scripted show in TV history, is still best buds with his “biggest inspiration,” the respected cartoonist and author of Ernie Pook’s Comeek fame.

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Cal Performances
101 Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 642-9988

ICON-7 Keynote Speech

Cartoonist Lynda Barry (with special guest Matt Groening) delivers the keynote address tonight Friday June 15, 2012 at the Veteran’s Auditorium in Providence, RI at 5:30 PM as part of the Illustration Conference, ICON•7!

The event is $25.00 with tickets available at the door which also give you entry into the Rhode Show Bazaar, which opens immediately after next door at the ICON’s Renaissance ballroom which will be transformed into a creative hotspot and bazaar, where a select group of artists will have the opportunity to take center stage and be the inspiration.  There you’ll have the opportunity to meet and speak with dozens of the most creative minds in the world including Ms. Barry and Mr. Groening.

Day passes for the ICON•7 conference are still available for Friday and Saturday as well.

Veteran’s Auditorium
1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI 02903

PA – Picture This Signing

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Lynda Barry appears on Sunday March 20 at 2pm for a reading. A reception & book signing follows at 3pm.

Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and teacher. Her inspirational writing workshops are well known across the country and have been featured in the New York Times. This event will be held across the street at the Unitarian Universalist Church.

DogStar Books
529 West Chestnut Street, Lancaster, PA 17603

PA – Picture This Signing

Lynda Barry signs on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 7:30PM.

Cartoonist, novelist, and playwright Lynda Barry writes and draws the nationally syndicated comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek, featuring pre-teen characters Marlys and Freddie as they navigate the emotional traumas of growing up. Barry is also the author of the Alex Award-winning book, One Hundred Demons, and The Good Times are Killing Me, which was adapted as an off-Broadway musical. Winner of a 2009 Eisner Award, her bestselling graphic memoir and how-to book What It Is offered writers gentle creative guidance. Barry offers the same guidance to artists in Picture This—encouraging us to draw and exploring why we start drawing and why we stop. Like What It Is, her new book is an extension of Barry’s popular traveling workshop, “Writing the Unthinkable.”   

Join us for Happy Hour at the Free Library! Mix and mingle with other Lynda Barry fans and enjoy light drinks and refreshments before Lynda takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. in the Montgomery Auditorium. Happy Hour runs from 6:30 – 7:15 in Room 108.

Philadelphia Free Library
Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA

IL – Picture This Signing

January 19, 2011 by  
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Lynda Barry appears at Unity Temple in Oak Park Discussing PICTURE THIS on January 25, 2011 at 7:30 pm.

Lynda Barry single-handedly created a literary genre all her own, the graphic memoir/how-to, otherwise known as the bestselling, the acclaimed, but most important, the adored and the inspirational What It Is. The R. R. Donnelley and Eisner Award-winning book posed, explored, and answered the question: “Do you wish you could write?” Now with Picture This, Barry asks: “Do you wish you could draw?” It features the return of Barry’s most beloved character, Marlys, and introduces a new one, the Near-sighted Monkey. Like What It Is, Picture This is an inspirational, take-home extension of Barry’s traveling, continually sold-out, and sought-after workshop, “Writing the Unthinkable.”

Bestselling author, Elizabeth Berg, will lead the discussion at this event. 

This will be a ticketed event. ADMISSION $10

Each ticket can be redeemed for $10 off the cover price of Picture This at the event. 

This event is co-sponsored by The Book Table, Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library and Midwest Media. 

 Unity Temple
875 Lake Street Oak Park, IL 60301

QC – Picture This Signing

December 14, 2010 by  
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Lynda Barry presents a slide-show and conversation on Saturday January 15th at 7pm
Ukrainian Federation – 5213 Hutchison, Montreal, QC
Doors at 6:30 (open seating, first come, first served). Signing to follow event.
$5 ticket gets you $5 off of Picture This

Lynda Barry singlehandedly created a literary genre all her own, the graphic-memoir-how-to, otherwise known as the bestselling, the acclaimed, but most importantly, the adored and the inspirational What It Is. The R.R. Donelley and Eisner Award-winning book posed, explored and answered the question “Do you think you can write”? Now with Picture This, Barry asks “Why do we stop drawing?” and “Why do we start?” It is an inspirational, take home extension of Barry’s traveling, continually sold out, and sought after workshop, Writing The Unthinkable.

This event is co-sponsored by POP Montreal

Purchase your tickets HERE or at the bookstore.

See the Facebook event page here

Alternative Press Expo (APE) 2010 This Weekend

October 13, 2010 by  
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Comic-Con International reminds us that the Alternative Press Expo (APE) will be taking place this weekend in San Francisco.

Press Release:

WHAT: Alternative Press Expo (APE) 2010, the country’s largest alternative and independent comics convention, presented by the organization behind San Diego Comic-Con.

WHEN: Saturday, October 16 (11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and Sunday, October 17 (11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).

WHERE: The Concourse Exhibition Center (635 8th Street, San Francisco).

WHO: APE 2010’s noted special guests include: Lynda Barry (writer/artist, What It Is, Picture This: The Near-Sighted Monkey Book), Daniel Clowes (writer/artist, Ghost World, Wilson), Renée French (writer/artist, The Soap Lady, H Day), Megan Kelso (writer/artist, Artichoke Tales, The Squirrel Mother), Rich Koslowski (writer/artist, The 3 Geeks, BB Wolf and the Three LPs), Tommy Kovac (writer/artist, Stitch; writer, The Royal Historian of Oz), and Tony Millionaire (writer/artist, Maakies, Sock Monkey). Also included is programming on the history of the Bay Area comics scene and workshops for aspiring creators.

About Alternative Press Expo:

Alternative Press Expo (APE), the country’s largest alternative and independent comics convention, is part of Comic-Con International (CCI), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms. The organization achieves its mission primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to APE each fall, CCI organizes San Diego Comic-Con each summer (the largest comics convention of its kind in the world) and the San Francisco–based WonderCon each spring. On the web: Comic-Con.org/APE, Facebook.com/APExpo, Twitter.com/APExpo.