Lynda Barry is without a doubt one of the world’s best cartoonists — her scratchy, scrappy and sometimes very raw comics often feel as if they will literally burst from the page, and her work is chock full of angular insights and deeply felt humanity. Recently, Drawn & Quarterly released what we hope is only the first in a series of collections of her career’s work, Blabber Blabber Blabber: Volume 1 of Everything, a compendium of much of her early work. Blabber Blabber Blabber is an absolute riot, including the complete run of her wonderful weekly strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek as well as the whole of her 1981 collection Girls and Boys and interspersed with original illustrated commentary from Barry herself. To celebrate the release of this great book, and to indulge in a little mid-day hilarity, we’ve excerpted a few pages from the collection here — if you’re as charmed by these as we are, we can definitely recommend the whole collection.
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