Texture: Cesar Rubio



Page 40 of Lynda Barry’s What It Is.

On page 40 of What It Is, Lynda Barry recounts the impact that stories had on her childhood. The reason that I chose this particular page from the work to showcase texture has a lot to do with something she writes in this page.

“We don’t create a fantasy world to escape reality, we create it to be able to stay.”

I found myself rereading this passage and thinking about my own childhood. While rereading the page over and over, I did notice subtle things about Barry’s work that utilize texture.

I often found myself disregarding Barry’s choice of paper to make the work on, but after a while I saw how this choice of texture added to the work. Barry’s use of yellow notepad paper and its texture not only helps with the alignment of text, she often writes on the lines to structure the text, it gives a mundane and seemingly ordinary appearance to her work. This is in no way a criticism. This makes the work approachable and that much more personal. As if we are looking into someone’s diary. I think this textural quality of her work makes it captivating and unlike many other graphic novels which often lack a lot texture, instead relying on line and shape to depict a story. Not Lynda Barry.


About cesar_rubio

i hate everyone
This entry was posted in Spring 2017 Archive (336). Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s