Humorist and cartoonist Lynda Barry to headline Marquis Series event

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2018-03-09 07:48:49 - General

Lynda Barry
Lynda Barry

Humorist, cartoonist and writer Lynda Barry will appear in an upcoming Marquis Series event at Coe College. The presentation will be held on Friday, March 23, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

Marquis Series patrons can purchase individual tickets for $15, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Coe Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday - Friday, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and teacher, and found that they are very much alike. In 1979, Barry began drawing a weekly comic strip incorporating stories considered to be incompatible with comics at the time. She has been credited with expanding the literary, thematic and emotional range of comics. Her comic strip, "Ernie Pook's Comeek," ran in alternative newspapers across North America for 30 years.

In addition, Barry has also authored 21 books, worked as a commentator for NPR, and had a regular monthly feature in Esquire, Mother Jones, Mademoiselle and Salon. The New York Timeshas described Barry as "among this country’s greatest conjoiners of words and images, known for plumbing all kinds of touchy subjects in cartoons, comic strips and novels, both graphic and illustrated."

The Coe College Lecture and Performance Series is funded in part by a gift from the estate of Sarah Marquis in honor of her father, Dr. John A. Marquis, who was president of Coe College from 1909-1920. The purpose of the series is to bring entertainment and educational experiences to the Coe campus for the benefit of the entire community.

For more information, visit or call 319-399-8600.