The Near-Sighted Monkey Book
By Lynda Barry
Drawn & Quarterly, Hardcover, 9781897299647, 204pp.
Publication Date: November 9, 2010
The creative-drawing companion to the acclaimed and bestselling "What It Is"
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.
Praise for What It Is:
“The collages in legendary cartoonist Lynda Barry’s What It Is are a bathysphere-like odyssey through the depths of her funky subconscious.” —ELISSA SCHAPPELL, Vanity Fair
“Meditations, stories and images float past in a random fashion, segueing between darkness and hope, or adulthood and childhood, the way they might in dreams or memory.” —CAROL KINO, The New York Times
“What It Is is part diary, part showcase, part manifesto for the power of the imagination. It’s bold and beautiful; angry and sad; joyful and loving and nervous.” —JULIA KELLER, Chicago Tribune