Cartoonist and former Voice contributor Lynda Barry asks many questions in her new book, What It Is, like “What is the past?” and “Where is a story before it becomes words?” In the scrapbook/journal/workbook, Barry answers these questions by recalling her troubled childhood, making it something like a prequel to her most popular work, Ernie Pook’s Comeek, the 30-year comic strip responsible for her cult following and several books, including The Good Times Are Killing Me (adapted into an Off-Broadway musical), Cruddy, and One! Hundred! Demons! Now living a semi-reclusive life on a farm in Wisconsin, Barry is being dragged back into the spotlight with the publication of the new book. So go see the creator of Marlys before she disappears again!
Wed., June 4, 7 p.m., 2008

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