Tiffany Burns: 100 Demons by Lynda Barry

Linda Berry’s 100 Demons, is part memories and part creative. In this graphic novel, you can read about freaky boyfriends, friends, family, adolescence, and betray. She mixes both true and non-true to create a functional autobiography. Some of the best characters of the comics include her grandma; who seems to be an intolerant yet loving Filipina, and her ex-boyfriend who had lice. It’s all about a girl coming of age.

In 100 Demons, the art looks like it was done by a child, kind of like when you were in art class in the fifth grade. It gives you that feeling of being young again and having not a care in the world, even though we are being faced with the natural demons of life today. This allows the demons to jump off the page and start acting on the table in front of you. While some people may see this as a rushed, messy comic, it’s meant to bring you back to the basics, back to when you did care if the line was wrong, or if you smeared the ink. Back when art was about the story you are trying to tell the viewer. Her use of popping colors help add to the effect of demons.  Kids don’t care if the colors off or if the colors don’t match. Again all they care about is telling the story.

Unlike a lot of comics, 100 Demons, has a lot of writing that goes with the art. A lot of the panels had more writing than images, and this has been a criticism of her work. However, Linda Berry has not let me down. She inspires me and helps me to remember that it’s not always about being a “fine artist”; that it can be all about having fun again.

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