Ever wonder how cartoonists get all those wacky ideas and zany inspirations? Well, don’t ask Lynda Barry and Chris Ware — Lynda has been too busy getting a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, and Chris just had his graphic novel Rusty Brown ($35, Pantheon) published after 16 years’ worth of toil and agony. They’re getting together tonight to basically just look at each other and shake their heads while laughing at the sheer weirdness of life as it is for them right now, as well as talk about what’s next on their horizon for these two modest masters of American graphic blandishment. Presented by Skylight Books.

Aratani Theater, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, 244 San Pedro St., downtown; Tue., Oct. 15, 8 p.m.; $10-42. (213) 628-2725, skylightbooks.com.

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