According to Graphic Design: The New Basics, layers are defined as simultaneous, overlapping components of an image or sequence. Throughout Lynda Barry’s What It is, she uses layering in a form of a collage as the theme and style of her book. An example of layering is shown on page 69, where Barry uses different types of papers, cutouts, and images, placed on top of one another. If you look at the yellow pad paper, you can tell that it is the base of the collage, because you can see the how the other cutouts are placed on top with the yellow paper peaking in between the images and cutouts. It is also easy to tell by looking at the octopus placed in the center of the page, where you can see the lines of the paper running across her painting. In addition, the edges of the paper show that Barry is creating a collage because of the imperfections of how she placed the cut outs and how she tore them apart to place them all together.
Another example of layering is a comic called Mimi and the Wolves by Alabaster, shown
on the right. This page shows the part of the story where the main character has lucid dreaming of a dark and mysterious world. This style of layering is different from the style that Lynda Barry uses. The artist of this comic uses layering by creating three triangles that are stretched across the page. By adding a different shape to the comic on a 2-dimensional plane, gives it the effect that it is on top of the drawing that is going on in the background. Lastly, the way the artist drew the characters and used different forms of lines to give it that dreamy and mystical feel, uses layering to make sure that his audience can still see the main character clearly without adding any color.