Books The Freddie Stories by Lynda Barry Hardcover, 177 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, List Price: $19.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Freddie StoriesAuthorLynda Barry Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary Cartoons follow a year in the life of Freddie, an adolescent misfit who is misunderstood by his peers and disliked by his mother, and who relies on his close relationship with his sister, Marlys, to help him cope. Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels Also by Lynda Barry The Greatest of Marlys! Picture This Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The Freddie Stories Review The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books Beyond Visible: LGBT Characters In Graphic Novels February 20, 2013 There are an increasing number of LGBT characters in mainstream superhero comics — but visibility isn't everything. NPR's comic-book guy Glen Weldon has a roundup of manga and independent graphic novels that offer a deeper and more nuanced portrayal of LGBT life.