Making Comics

December 3, 2020
Making Comics

The bestselling, idiosyncratic curriculum from a 2019MacArthur Fellow will teach you how to draw and write yourstory"The self-help book of the year."—The New YorkTimesHello students, meet Professor Skeletor. Be on time, don't missclass, and turn off your phones. No time for introductions, westart drawing right away. The goal is more rock, less talk, and wecommunicate only through images.For more than five years the cartoonist Lynda Barry has been anassociate professor in the University of Wisconsin–Madison artdepartment and at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, teachingstudents from all majors, both graduate and undergraduate, how tomake comics, how to be creative, how to not think. There is noacademic lecture in this classroom. Doodling is enthusiasticallyencouraged.Making Comics is the follow-up to Barry's bestsellingSyllabus, and this time she shares all her comics-makingexercises. In a new hand-drawn syllabus detailing her creativecurriculum, Barry has students drawing themselves as monsters andsuperheroes, convincing students who think they can't draw thatthey can, and, most important, encouraging them to understand thata daily journal can be anything so long as it is hand drawn.Barry teaches all students and believes everyone and anyone canbe creative. At the core of Making Comics is her certaintythat creativity is vital to processing the world around us.