American cartoonist and author. Born in Wisconsin, Barry grew up in Seattle and attended Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where she began to draw comic strips. Without her knowledge, a friend and fellow cartoonist, Matt Groening (the creator of
The Simpsons), launched her career by publishing Barry's strips in the University of Washington Daily. Since then her weekly comic strip, Ernie Pook's Comeek, has appeared in more than fifty publications; her many books include such collections as The Fun House (1987) and Down the Street (1989); the illustrated novels The Good Times Are Killing Me (1988) and Cruddy (1999); and What It Is (2008), a graphic novel that is part memoir and part how-to guide for creating graphic novels. Barry's most recent work is Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor (2014). See also drawnandquarterly.com/author/lynda-barry.