Going to see Lynda Barry is like going to see the Dalai Lama. (Actually, I’ve never gone to see the Dalai Lama, but I plan on doing so the next time he’s in town to see if he could possible be more inspiring than the personality-packed “Funk Queen of the Universe”.) Lynda was in NYC this weekend to promote What It Is, which is likely the world’s first collage how-to-write book. She was interviewed by Hillary Chute Friday Night at the NYU Post Bang all-day comics symposium, and had the audience in stitches the entire time—but in a deep way!
The book is not specific to animation, but applicable to any artistic endeavor. It is all about how to recapture the playful attitude to creativity that we all have in childhood, but lose along the way, especially when we start looking at our work and judging it. (Or, as she put it [Read more…]