Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator, and teacher and found that they are very much alike. She lives in Wisconsin, where she is associate professor of art and Discovery Fellow at University of Wisconsin Madison. She is the inimitable creator behind the seminal comic strip Ernie Pook's Comeek, featuring the incomparable Marlys and Freddy. She is the author of The Freddie Stories; One! Hundred! Demons!; The! Greatest! of! Marlys!; Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel; The Good Times are Killing Me; and three bestselling creative how-to graphic novels, the Eisner Award and R.R. Donnelly Award-winning What It Is; Picture This; and Syllabus: Notes From an Accidental Professor.