The Greatest of Marlys by Lynda Barry

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Some strips are heartbreakingly beautiful, others simply heartbreaking. But most are funny, as the kids present on diverse topics...This book will bring groovy love into your life. Pinky swear.
-Publishers Weekly

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Lynda Barry had a bona fide hit with Cruddy, and her fans are now calling for her older comic strips, all out of print. This book answers the call as it delivers the life and times of Marlys Mullen, the most beloved character in Barry's nationally syndicated comic strip, "Ernie Pook's Comeek." This is a Lynda Barry double-tall: the long-awaited collection of the best strips from her syndicated comics. Way back in the mid-1980s, comic illustrator and writer Lynda Barry introduced the character of Marlys Mullen, her crazy groovy teenage sister Maybonne, her sensitive and strange little brother Freddie, a mother like no other, and an array of cousins and friends from the 'hood. This oversized book presents the long strange journey through puberty and life that Marlys and company have experienced. Marlys's universe and galaxy are funny, rude, disturbing, tearful . . . in short, very, very Lynda Barry.
 

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Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator, and teacher. She is the inimitable creator behind the seminal comic strip Ernie Pook's Comeek, and author of The Freddie Stories, One! Hundred! Demons!, The! Greatest! of! Marlys!, Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel, Naked Ladies! Naked Ladies! Naked Ladies!, and The Good Times are Killing Me, which was adapted as an off-Broadway play and won the Washington State Governor's Award. Barry has written three bestselling and acclaimed creative how-to graphic novels for D+Q: the Eisner Award-winning What It Is, and Picture This, and Syllabus: Notes from an accidental professor.
 
Published August 16, 2016 by Drawn and Quarterly. 248 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Sep 25 2016

Some strips are heartbreakingly beautiful, others simply heartbreaking. But most are funny, as the kids present on diverse topics...This book will bring groovy love into your life. Pinky swear.

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Reviewed by Etelka Lehoczky on Aug 16 2016

Entwining one quality inextricably with the other, she ensures that even her warmest moments are at least a little bit squirmy. All the better to capture what is, after all, a pretty weird world.

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