One Hundred Demons

One Hundred Demons

Comic Book - 2002
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Buddhism teaches that each person must overcome 100 demons in a lifetime. In One Hundred Demons, a collection of 20 autobiographical comic strip stories from Salon's popular "Mothers Who Think" section, Lynda Barry wrestles with some of hers in her signature quirky, irrepressible voice. From "Dancing" and "Hate" to "Dogs" and "Magic," the tales included here are at once hilarious and heartbreaking. As she delves into the delights and sorrows of adolescence, family, identity, and love, Barry's ear for dialogue, dead-on delivery, and painterly style showcase her considerable genius.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Sasquatch Books : 2002
ISBN: 9781570613371
1570613370
Branch Call Number: GN Barr
Characteristics: 216p illus

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mclarjh
Jun 23, 2017

Frantic loud drawings. Obsession with childhood, but unrevealing.

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sylas
Aug 13, 2012

While I'm not the biggest fan of graphic novels, I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Lynda Barry is so great.

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NadiaP
Jan 06, 2012

Lynda Barry's deceptively simple drawing style provides a canvas for discussing darker, deeper issues that many of us face, such as not fitting in, being an ethnic minority or even just a bad job. I really related to it and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good story.

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bitsyblatt
Jan 22, 2011

this is a really beautiful book. I absolutely love comics, but it is hard to find good ones because I'm not a huge fan of manga or superhero comics. It was very refreshing to read a comic book from a women's perspective. I really can relate to everything in this book so well. Lynda Barry is so good at evoking feeling.

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kalio
Nov 13, 2009

One day, cartoonist Lynda Barry came across an ancient exercise by a Buddhist monk that calls for a painter to practice technique by drawing one hundred little demons. So she tried it, and after she inked a bunch of critters with tails and horns, she began exorcising some her own personal demons. One! Hundred! Demons! is the result, a crafty little first-person graphic memoir about living through the pains of everything from dating to dancing to the 2000 presidential election. Each of Barry?s ?demons,? or chapters, is introduces by a full-spread page that?s a combination of squiggly drawings, multi-media collage, and old-fashioned personal photographs. Barry?s stories are often embarrassingly honest, but they?re also always relatable and never exploitive. There?s a real fondness for the mistakes and missteps of the past here, a sense of regret coupled with a nostalgia that?s impossible to resist. Barry?s artistic style is bold, colorful, almost childlike in its exuberance, and her characters--her chain-smoking mother, the hardscrabble kids in her neighborhood, her own red-haired freckle-faced childhood self--are show in all their wayward, awkward, goofy glory. And once you?ve finished cringing and chuckling your way through stories about head lice, first boyfriends, the unique smells of houses, and the ins and outs of street kickball, Lynda Barry shows you exactly how much fun you can have drawing a few demons of your own.

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