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'Good Times' is a story about the loss of innocence, how adults are responsible for their actions but children aren't.... - Lynda Barry

'Good Times' is a story about the loss of innocence, how adults are responsible for their actions but children aren't.
— Lynda Barry

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'What It Is' was based on this class I've been teaching for 10 years - I wanted to write a book about writing that didn't mention stuff like story structure, protagonists, and all those things that we know about only because they already exist in stories.

Lynda Barry

Cartoonist was the weirdest name I finally let myself have. I would never say it. When I heard it I silently thought, what an awful word.

Lynda Barry

For 'Picture This,' I wanted it to be a drawing book that didn't have any instructions about drawing, beyond the real simple stuff you'd find like in a Bazooka bubblegum wrapper, or in 'Highlights' magazine. I just wanted it to be feelings about looking and seeing and pictures.

Lynda Barry

For horror movies, color is reassuring because, at least in older films, it adds to the fakey-ness.

Lynda Barry

Going on Letterman is like going off the high dive. It's exhilarating, but after a while it wasn't the kind of thrill I enjoyed.

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Humor is such a wonderful thing, helping you realize what a fool you are but how beautiful that is at the same time.

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I am about as detailed as a shadow.

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I am not sure how much I would like being married if I wasn't married to him. A man who likes flea markets and isn't gay? I knew I was lucky.

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I believe a kid who is playing is not alone. There is something brought alive during play, and this something, when played with, seems to play back.

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I do dumb stuff, like playing my favorite dumb Barry White song and lip-synching into the mirror so it looks like his voice is coming out of my mouth.

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I do love to eavesdrop. It's inspirational, not only for subject matter but for actual dialogue, the way people talk.

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I found myself compelled - like this weird, shameful compulsion - to draw cute animals.

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I go to work the minute I open my eyes.

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I grew up in a house that had a whole lot of trouble. As much trouble as you could imagine.

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I listen like mad to any conversation taking place next to me just trying to hear why this is funny. Women's restrooms are especially great. I wash my hands twice waiting for people to come in and start talking.

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I live in constant fear of being fired or dropped for that dark part of my work I can't control.

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I look crazy. I know I do. Been true since I was a kid!

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I need to be cheered up a lot. I think funny people are people who need to be cheered up.

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I remember my comic strips being called 'new wave.' It bugged me.

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I run a tight ship, but I try and make it seem like I'm not doing that at all.

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I started doing cartoons when I was about 21. I never thought I would be a cartoonist. It happened behind my back. I was always a painter and drawer.

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I think of images as an immune system and a transit system.

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I tried to be like the richer kids as much as I could because I wanted to live on their streets, at least hang out on their streets and eat their amazing food and walk barefoot on their shag carpets. I became something of a pest in that way, and in general, other people's parents didn't like me.

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I used to live a very social life and never spend much solitary time looking at birds or reading.

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I was unable to sleep and I would stay up and draw these little cartoons. Then a friend showed them around. Before I knew it I was a cartoonist.

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I wasn't afraid to be laughed at or be loud.

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I've gotten a lot of livid letters about the awfulness of my work. I've never known what to make of it. Why do people bother to write if they hate what I do?

Lynda Barry

If I didn't try to eavesdrop on every bus ride I take or look for the humor when I go for a walk, I would just be depressed all the time.

Lynda Barry

If I had had me for a student I would have thrown me out of class immediately.

Lynda Barry

If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile.

Lynda Barry

In life there are always these things happening if you can just get the joke.

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In my writing class, we never, ever talk about the writing - ever. We never address a story that's been read. I also won't let anyone look at the person who's reading. No eye contact; everybody has to draw a spiral. And I would like to do a drawing class where we could talk about anything except for the drawing. No one could even mention it.

Lynda Barry

It's much easier to teach writing, because people are less shy about writing. If they're in a group, nobody can see what they're writing. When you're drawing, people get a little more nervous.

Lynda Barry

It's not hard for me to be funny in front of people, but most of that is just horrified nerves taking the form of what makes people laugh, and afterwards I'd always feel dreadfully depressed, kind of self-induced bi-polar disorder.

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It's one thing to have a relationship, to lay your hands on it, and another to make it continue and last. That's something I haven't talked about much in my comic strips, and it's certainly something I'm interested in.

Lynda Barry

Kids don't plan to play. They don't go: 'Barbie, Ken, you ready to play? It's gonna be a three-act.'

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Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke.

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Love will make a way out of no way.

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My childhood is always going to limit me.

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My goal on my bucket list is to write a romantic comedy movie.

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My mom didn't want me to go to college. She didn't want me to read - when I read, I may as well have been holding a pineapple.

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My strips are not always funny, and they can be pretty grim at times, and I know I lose readers because of it, but I can't do anything about it - my work is very much connected to something I need to do in order to feel stable.

Lynda Barry

No one stopped me from playing when I was alone, but there were times when I wasn't able to, though I wanted to... There were times when nothing played back. Writers call it 'writer's block.' For kids there are other names for that feeling, though kids don't usually know them.

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Part of a horror movie has to be a bit fakey for me to really enjoy it. The new ones are so realistic that they distract me from the ride through the horror.

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People think that whatever I put into strips has happened to me in my life.

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Playing and fun are not the same thing, though when we grow up we may forget that and find ourselves mixing up playing with happiness. There can be a kind of amnesia about the seriousness of playing, especially when we played by ourselves.

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Race and class are the easiest divisions. It's very stupid.

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Remember how you used to be able to feel your bed breathing and the walls spinning when you were a kid?

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Remember when you were in school and the teacher would put a picture under an overhead projector so you could see it on the wall? God, I loved that. Tellya the truth, I used to look at that beam of light and think it was God.

Lynda Barry

'Good Times' is a story about the loss of innocence, how adults are responsible for their actions but children aren't.

Lynda Barry