Susan E. Kirtley discusses Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass with Cathy Hillenbrand at Fantagraphics Bookstore


The idiosyncratic work of Seattle cartoonist Lynda Barry is the subject on a new book by Portland author Susan E. Kirtley. Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass represents the first comprehensive critique of this influential American artist. Kirtley will present her book – from the University Press of Mississippi’s Great Comics Artists Series – in conversation with Real Comet Press publisher Cathy Hillenbrand on Saturday, March 24, at 6:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery.

Kirtley examines the influence of Lynda Barry’s youthful experiences on her diverse creative output through personal interviews and rigorous analysis of published work. Kirtley’s thought-provoking conclusions invite readers to reassess Barry’s body of work though the lens of an often-tormented adolescent girl. Kirtley is associate professor of English at Portland State University. University Press of Mississippi’s Great Comics Artists Series includes critical assessments of the work of cartoonists such as Chris Ware, Alan Moore, Carl Barks, Jack Kirby, Garry Trudeau, and Walt Kelly.

The author will be joined in conversation by Cathy Hillenbrand of Real Comet Press, publisher of Lynda Barry’s first four books. “From Comix to Critiques” was the slogan of Real Comet Press, which is the subject of the current retrospective exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery featuring original art, graphics, and book works by Lynda Barry, Michael Dougan, Art Chantry, and Ruth Hayes. An informal reception and book signing will follow the discussion.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) Phone 206.658.0110. This event coincides with the inaugural Georgetown Music March featuring free performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community.

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