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i love lynda barry so much, she is one of my heroes. not only is she a kickass story teller and fantastic artist, but she also has the ability to show you how much people suck and then show you that you (along with her characters) can not only keep your head up in the midst of that but also stay completely 100% still in love with life. sometimes because of how rough life is. and sometimes because it is, like this book, so magic!
The last page of this book completely breaks my heart. After everything, Maybonne still believes in magic. I think that has to do a lot with having such an amazing funk soul sister like Marlys. I have to find my way back to this kind of magic.
I've always loved Lynda Barry, and this particular book contains the storylines that first hooked me on reading her weekly comic strip in the alternative free newspaper you can find in most cities. So poignant, and moving, and very true at their core, these stories tell it like it was to be a teen growing up in the 70's. Her ability to fully flesh out a character in just a few black and white panels is pretty darned impressive.
Lynda Barry is an American cartoonist and author, perhaps best known for her weekly comic strip Ernie Pook's Comeek.More about Lynda Barry...