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September 24, 2009 1:13 PM Subscribe
I am obsessed with artist&writer Lynda Barry
, and don't believe she has any peer or equal in the world of comics. Prove me wrong; who else would I love?
I like how the art is appealing but from a totally different planet than the enviable mechanical precision of, say, Chris Ware.
Her work represents how my youth actually was; instead of a bland suburban innocence that doesn't really exist, she depicts the bloody skinned knees and lack of parental supervision and messy school assignments and gnawing anxiety and fear and destructive crushes and cruel teachers and wild neighborhood dogs and bittersweet memories of childhood.
Reading her work is having the feeling "I had no idea anyone else felt like that!" over and over. She manages to be nostalgic without kitschiness or saccarine sugar overload.
The closest I've found is Rebecca Kraatz's House of Sugar.
I know I'm totally slacking by not having read any Ariel Schrag
. Your suggestions don't have to be female, or even comic book artists, if you feel the feeling fits.
I know bonus questions are frowned upon, but how many Ask theads about Lynda Barry can I possibly start? I want to know how many more Lynda Barry books I need to buy before I have a reasonably complete collection of all the Marlys-Maybonne-Freddy-Arna-Arnold stories. I currently own Down the Street, It's So Magic, The Freddy Stories, and The Best of Marlys (which collects a lot of the strips, but not all). I still need My Perfect Life, Come Over Come Over, and The Fun House, I know. Do any of her other books contain Marlys-Maybonne-Freddy-Arna-Arnold stories?