Intro to Lynda Barry 101. Lynda Barry is cool. Lynda Barry wrote this cool and great book called "Cruddy" that your great and cool teenage girl (or younger, if you know that they are already great and "cool") should read. Lynda Barry is also a cartoonist. Lynda Barry's cartoon strips (Ernie Pook's Comeek) are great and cool. You are cool if you check Lynda Barry out - even if you don't like what she does - which you should if you are cool.