One Hundred Demons
Synopsis: Multimedia artist Lynda Barry plumbs her psyche to find the demons of her past, events and experiences that have stayed with her. Semiautobiographical vignettes relate growing up as the daughter of an immigrant mother and an absent father in the 1970s. First boyfriends, jobs, drug experimentation, and hippies all find their way into her amusing, heartbreaking, and kitschy comics.
Themes: Parent-teen conflict, teen angst, creative self-expression, relationships, multi-cultural families
Content Advisory: Drug use, mild swearing, references to sexual abuse; may be better suited for high school and older.
1. Lynda Barry describes this book as 25% autobiographical. What parts do you think are real and what are made up?
2. The collage art between the stories is worth a closer look. What does it add to the book?
3. What parts of the story did you relate to most strongly?
4. Why do you think Lynda Barry draws herself the way she does? What inferences can you make about her self-image?
5. Would you want to be her friend?