40 Comic Book Confidential

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Lynda Barry United States

Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and teacher and found they are very much alike. She is the inimitable creator behind the syndicated strip Ernie Pook's Comeek featuring the incomparable Marlys and Freddy, as well as the books One! Hundred! Demons!, The! Greatest! of! Marlys!, Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel, Naked Ladies! Naked Ladies! Read more

Sarah Leavitt British Columbia

Sarah Leavitt writes creative non-fiction and social commentary, both in prose and graphic form. She wrote a monthly column for Xtra West from 2005-2008 and has published comics, fiction and non-fiction in numerous Canadian magazine as well as a number of anthologies, including Nobody's Mother and Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose About Alzheimer's Disease. Leavitt has also written short documentaries for Definitely Not the Opera on CBC Radio. In May 2007, she graduated from the MFA program in Creative Writing at UBC. Read more

Host: Nancy Lee
Friday, October 22, 2010 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Waterfront Theatre
$17 / $8.50 for student groups

Who would have thought that the comic book – usually the preserve ofsuper-heroes and evil villains – could be used to explore family life and the deepest secret thoughts of teenagers? Lynda Barry is one of the great contemporary cartoon masters and her young comic book characters run the gamut from Marlys (gifted and exuberant) to Maybonne (concerned with social justice and music) to Freddie (fascinated with bugs and monsters). Sarah Leavitt's new graphic memoir, Tangles, reveals how Alzheimer's disease transformed her mother Midge - and her family - forever. These talented writers and artists use words and pictures not to escape reality, but to bring it into focus and offer insight into how to deal with what life throws at us.

Suitable for Grades 10 to 12 and adults

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