Tag: What It Is

The most Futile thing in the World

“An unasked question is the most futile thing in the world” – Darren Shan As a child I loved the question “why” and “how”. Not only for the questions of “why do I have to do that” etc. but “Why I the sky blue?” or “How come every time I sleep I go to a different place?” I rarely got… Read more →

What It Is Is Descriptive

What is story telling?  In Lynda Barry’s graphic novel What It Is, storytelling is chaos.  It is imagination and creativity.  It is images, and most evidently, it is memory.  Barry’s book is split generally into two sections.  The first contains much of her own stories and memories from childhood, interspersed with hundreds of images; the pages purposefully chaotic and all over… Read more →

It Is Reader Involvement

Since opening What It Is, I’ve been enthralled. The collage art style combined with simple, thick-lined doodles reminds the audience of childhood from the beginning, which enhances the narrative of a child growing up. The narrative is further broken down into portions of remeniscing on both the speaker’s and the audience’s childhood, divided by sections exploring complex subjects like the relationships between the imagination, the… Read more →

Defining the Picture Book

Manga is a style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels. They are sold readily at bookstores that also sell American comics. Manga is read opposite of the way we read American comics, many first time readers find it confusing. These Japanese comics might be stylized and read differently due to the way japan reads and writes but there is… Read more →

What ‘What It Is’ Is

When my copy of What It Is arrived in the mail, I flipped through a few pages and immediately thought that this was going to be the kind of book hipsters go nuts over. It appeared to be a series of collages without a plot or a running theme, which is exactly the kind of thing hipster will pause from… Read more →

Overload of Imagery

I’m really enjoying What it Is but I find myself having to remind myself to look at the whole page and take in all of the images. I’m used to reading text first and then getting a general idea of what the image looks like and moving on. Even though I’m a huge comic book fan I often gloss over… Read more →


This week in class we have been discussing What is it by Lynda Barry. An apply named title for this piece of work. I have yet to figure out what it is exactly. A graphic novel, a literary art piece, a collage of ideas, or a Rorschach-esqe journal. Perhaps even some kind of Hodge podge combination of several. With my… Read more →

What It Is?…Or What It Isn’t?

This past week our class discussed What It Is? by Lynda Berry and did the first two activities in the book to start some great class discussions. These activities although different and unique, as they go into detail on learning how to write and draw comics, really provoked not only great conversations in class but some really interesting personal thoughts. The one… Read more →

My One Problem with “What It Is”

I have very much enjoyed our conversation throughout the week on What It Is. I have just personally found it difficult to connect with the book itself. With all of the other materials we have read this semester, it was rather easy for me to read it, process it, and then move forward with it. But there is something about What… Read more →