On behalf of the First-Year Forum, we will send you Lynda Barry’s Making Comics in a few weeks. You should read it before arriving on campus. During Orientation and in the fall term, all new students will gather around Barry’s amazing work of art to discuss it, savor it together, and enjoy the insights that ensue from exchanging ideas.
Guests and Bennington faculty members will talk with you about this graphic work from different academic fields’ perspectives. Barry’s introductory page (find it right below) is a compelling invitation to chat with experts in the making of graphic novels, the history of books, and languages that use characters; art historians, and philosophers who can help us understand the relationship between beauty and attraction. These are only a few examples of the many angles we may choose to look at Making Comics.
Look at the five images below and read the captions.