It seems unlikely that Lynda Barry’s unique brand of cartoon magic is a teachable skill.

Her long-running Ernie Pook’s Comeek (a staple for several decades in the Chicago Reader) was remarkable for being outrageous and authentic at the same time, and totally idiosyncratic. But she ended the strip in 2008 (as Michael Miner reported), and is now leading writers’ workshops aimed at helping others unleash their creativity. Sunday’s New York Times Magazine sat in on a four-day session at Miami Dade College. Ernie Pook’s Comeek will reappear in a forthcoming ten-volume collection of her work.