Lynda Barry


Lynda Barry is an American cartoonist and author. She teaches workshops throughout the country on creativity and writing. She is currently an Associate Professor or Interdisciplinary Creativity in the Department of Art at UW-Madison and is a 2019 recipient of a MacArthur genius grant.  


Tommy Washbush

With workshops in graphic medicine and courses in comics, UW-Madison is becoming a hotbed for an art form that is growing in popularity. Jay Rath looks at the long history of cartooning in the city and state, and promising developments on campus. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories


Madison Children’s Museum

Lynda Barry’s exhibit at the Madison Children’s Museum is bursting with visionary yet kitschy paintings, drawings and collages. The show aims to get everyone, young and old alike, to draw something. Read more

A & E

Lynda Barry likes questions. They "bring on a certain state of mind" and "in that weird opening, other stuff starts to happen," she says. Read more



Lynda Barry

Cartoonist Lynda Barry brought tremendous empathy and a finely tuned sense of interior life to "Ernie Pook's Comeek", the alternative comic that ran in 70 papers nationwide, including "Isthmus". View eight vintage copies of "Ernie Pook's Comeek" in t Read more

A & E

On a blustery afternoon at November's end -- when it's drearily dark at 4:30 -- a standing-room-only crowd jammed into a subterranean lecture hall at the UW's Chazen Museum of Art. Seating nearly 300, room L160 is typically a place where undergrads s Read more

A & E

It was the strangest sensation Lynda Barry ever felt: a near-constant vibration within her body. "You know how sometimes, around your eye, you'll get this little tic that kind of wiggles?" says Barry, of Footville, Wis., south of Janesville. "It was Read more

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