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Book Title: Girls and Boys|
The author of the book: Lynda Barry
Edition: Real Comet Press
Date of issue: September 1st 1981
ISBN 13: 9780941104005
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Reader ratings: 5.2
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Someone (I can’t remember who) compared Lynda Barry’s early work favorably to George Grosz, and I agree. Not just the hysterical, comical grotesquerie of it, but the violent pen scratchings, contorted expressions, and, especially, the fact that EVERYBODY IS IN PROFILE NEARLY ALL THE TIME. That creates an unnerving dynamic: there’s that feeling like something’s horribly wrong with the other side of the person’s face and they’re trying to hide it, or they’re too twitchy to make eye contact. Something. A very interesting multiple-image transparency overlay effect creates hysterical motion: a guy waving his arms at being awoken by his alarm clock; a woman’s hands trembling because of the phone ringing, possibly with her crush on the other line. This was the era of Gary Panter and Savage Pencil and lots of punk-ish cartoons, but Barry’s stuff…I just keep coming back to Grosz again, his social grotesques, policemen and socialites in profile, often baring their genitalia, arms raised in salutes or victory marches or ugly dancing pantomimes. There is a bit of new wave humor, and as the title suggests, more than a little battle-of-the-sexes material, plus Barry’s pitch-perfect childhood fare (the Home Ec teacher says her lesson is on “Flowing and Sewing,” ho ho). But then there’s a four-paneler in which a mom (sipping a martini) announces her daughter, “your daddy is coming home…hurry and get in your PJs and get to bed.” Just then, mommy passes out on the floor. The last panel is the daughter, holding her unconscious mom (out of frame, just her arm visible) by her thumb and forefinger, tears pouring out of her bulging eyes, hissing “you leave her ALONE, daddy.” Holy hell. Not even a joke there, just a crazed little theater of cruelty moment. Then the next strip is a girl talking to herself about her new hairdo. It’s just full of those dark, fiercely realized juxtapositions.
I realize I’m late to the Barry game, but thanks to my very hip wife, I’ve got a big stack of the early years with which to educate myself, and I’m really glad to have started at the very beginning. Having also read Cruddy, a similarly beautiful and wildly unnerving book, it’s sort of a relief to know that this comic darkness has always been part of Lynda Barry’s work, and she already had a firm handle on it from the very beginning.
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Read information about the authorLynda Barry is an American cartoonist and author, perhaps best known for her weekly comic strip Ernie Pook's Comeek.
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