Lynda Barry lived in Olympia for a time and started cartooning at Evergreen State College in 1977, a little over a decade before I was there.
Take time to watch Lynda Barry on Her Writing Process
The writer discusses her class and her book, “What It Is.”
The New York Times > Arts > Interactive Feature > May 11, 2008
There are 116 stories in the Lynda Barry archive on salon.com.
The way Barry works with images and words in her new book reminds me of Kenneth Patchen whose work I have loved for a very long time. See his wonderful Painted Picture Poems and read Kenneth Patchen Survey.