An Evening with Author and Cartoonist Lynda Barry "What It is"
Venue: Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Organizations: Lynda Barry
Date: Friday, October 28, 2016
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Event Types: Speaking Engagements
General Public: $25.00
Students: $10.00
Children 18 & Under: $10.00

The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech presents An Evening with Lynda Barry "What It is" on Friday, October 28, 2016.

Expand and challenge your personal values about artistic expression with this talk by author and cartoonist Lynda Barry.

She prefaces her talk: “There is something common to everything we call the arts. What is it? It’s something I call ‘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 of our innate creative ability to work with images and what the biological function of this thing we call ‘the arts’ may be. 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 that they are very much alike. She lives in Wisconsin, where she is assistant professor of art and Discovery Fellow at University of Wisconsin Madison.

Barry is the inimitable creator behind the seminal comic strip that was syndicated across North America in alternative weeklies for two decades, "Ernie Pook's Comeek", featuring the incomparable Marlys and Freddy. She is the author of "The Freddie Stories, One! Hundred! Demons!", "The! Greatest! of! Marlys!, Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel, Naked Ladies! Naked Ladies! Naked Ladies!", and "The Good Times are Killing Me", which was adapted as an off-Broadway play and won the Washington State Governor's Award.

Witty, wildly imaginative, and compassionate, Barry has authored 21 books, worked as a commentator for NPR, and had regular features in Esquire, Mother Jones, Mademoiselle, and Salon.

She has written two bestselling and acclaimed creative how-to graphic novels for "Drawn & Quarterly, What It Is" which won the Eisner Award for Best Reality Based Graphic Novel and R.R. Donnelly Award for highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author; and Picture This.


Tickets are available at the Moss Arts Center Box Office in person Monday-Friday from 10 am - 6 pm and by phone at 540-231-5300.

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Note: Adult themes and languages, not suitable for all audiences.

Presented in collaboration with the Virginia Tech Department of English Visiting Writers Series.

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