Chris Ware - C or D?

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The previous issue was a similarly stand-alone chapter in the giant Rusty novel, and also serves as another answer to

I wish he did some other things too. Like a space adventure comic or something.
― gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Sunday, 27 November 2005 11:15 (5 years ago)

side splitting genital based username (vdgna) (sic), Tuesday, 12 April 2011 00:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

20 is amazing. It's a "raise the bar" moment for American comics - keep up folks! 19, with the intertwining of pulpy sci-fi and a sad humdrum existence, is highly recommended as well.

For someone whose work I'd previously thought of as top-down experiences - tremendous for a mental workout, but not immediately engaging - those two books are arguably the some of the most viscerally engaging lose-track-of-time works of art I've encountered over the past few years.

Ramen Noodles & Ketchup (R Baez), Tuesday, 12 April 2011 00:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

I forget the review I scrounged up which noted that if this were something by Lethem -- or more to the point, written in Lethem's text-only medium -- it might garner wider attention beyond the Ware niche. My thoughts on that aren't to agree or disagree, but to think that Lint really proves the point that Ware can tell a story about the 'real' world in a way that I admit I would not have read or even thought about reading if it were simply word-only fiction (or, for that matter, a movie in that vein). It's not a sign of the supposed maturity of the form, more that Ware's use of the form itself succeeds where others will not or cannot, at least for me and I'd guess for others as well -- a straightforward story of Lint in verbal fiction could well be a compelling read, but if you sold it to me with "It's a book about this schmuck of a well-off straight white guy over his entire life and his struggles and self-delusions and all that" I would not care to explore it at all. Ware makes me care, that's a gift.

Related to which, the use of lacunae throughout is masterful.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 12 April 2011 01:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

I hate not having a decent comic book store in my town anymore. I would always buy these when I saw them but for some reason I never get it together to mailorder them from a town only a 5-hour drive away.

sleeve, Tuesday, 12 April 2011 02:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

better distributed to bookstores these days tbh.

side splitting genital based username (vdgna) (sic), Tuesday, 12 April 2011 02:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Cool endpaper diagram from Ware’s “Building Stories” (ACME Novelty Library No. 16)

right click - view image - zoom in

All his Building Stories comics will be distributed as “many little books in a beautiful box” early October 2012.

I haven't read all the Building Stories installments that were published in New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Acme Novelty Library, etc., but I hesitate to think there will be any new material in this box set. Nor do I think he'll ever release a graphic novel with all new material ever again. Just stuff like ACME and compilations.

I'll probably like this box set as if it isn't all old stuff, but whatever.

we gotta move these refrigerators (CaptainLorax), Thursday, 24 May 2012 00:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

that is fucking gorgeous and oh will i buy that for sure

I want L'interieur chicken, not Hausu chicken (jjjusten), Thursday, 24 May 2012 00:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

i stand by some of my cranky criticisms in 2003, but after acme nos. 19 and 20, and the most recent batch of building stories strips, i really feel like i am living through the flowering of one of the greatest living artists.

jesus christ (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Thursday, 24 May 2012 00:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

I hesitate to think there will be any new material in this box set.

I don't.

Nor do I think he'll ever release a graphic novel with all new material ever again.

He never has.

┗|∵|┓ (sic), Thursday, 24 May 2012 01:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

correct me if I'm wrong but the jimmy corrigan strips were mostly all different than the stuff in the book...

we gotta move these refrigerators (CaptainLorax), Thursday, 24 May 2012 01:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

ok i hate stuff now but i really really want that box.

jed_, Thursday, 24 May 2012 01:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

I guess I'm probably wrong. I picked up the giant Quimby the Mouse book after I read Jimmy Corrigan because I wanted to test out other Ware. The Quimby the Mouse book put me off ever trying to read anything else because I didn't like having scattered mini installments all in one book

we gotta move these refrigerators (CaptainLorax), Thursday, 24 May 2012 01:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

apparently this is really dope btw. i've only read stray syndications of a couple of them.

unprotectable tweetz (schlump), Tuesday, 9 October 2012 04:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

With the increasing electronic incorporeality of existence, sometimes it’s reassuring—perhaps even necessary—to have something to hold on to. Thus within this colorful keepsake box the purchaser will find a fully-apportioned variety of reading material ready to address virtually any imaginable artistic or poetic taste, from the corrosive sarcasm of youth to the sickening earnestness of maturity—while discovering a protagonist wondering if she’ll ever move from the rented close quarters of lonely young adulthood to the mortgaged expanse of love and marriage. Whether you’re feeling alone by yourself or alone with someone else, this book is sure to sympathize with the crushing sense of life wasted, opportunities missed and creative dreams dashed which afflict the middle- and upper-class literary public (and which can return to them in somewhat damaged form during REM sleep).

*buffs lens* (schlump), Sunday, 14 October 2012 16:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

First ever coffee table book that's about the size and weight of a coffee table.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 14 October 2012 19:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

Chris told me that's me in the upper right. My mother in law framed it for me for father's day!

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 14 October 2012 19:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

i got it in the mail the other day (along with the new installment of Charles Burns' Jonny 23 series) but I haven't had a chance to look at much of it yet. However, this is what it looks like. holy shit:

Z S, Sunday, 14 October 2012 19:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

stoked, just purchased.

jed_, Sunday, 14 October 2012 21:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

>Chris told me that's me in the upper right. My mother in law framed it for me for father's day!

Josh, that's *great*, a lovely thing to be part of :)

I'm hoping to get the box set for my birthday this week, it looks fantastic laid out like that.

that mustardless plate (Bill A), Sunday, 14 October 2012 21:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

yes that's amazing josh!

jed_, Sunday, 14 October 2012 21:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

you're the one with the baby harness/papoose thing?

jed_, Sunday, 14 October 2012 21:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

looking forward v much to this - ware has been doing a lot of press for this, but wondering if anyone has asked him abt The Unfortunates by B.S. Johnson yet

Ward Fowler, Sunday, 14 October 2012 22:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah holy shit josh!, that's so lovely. what a lovely way to carry on existing somewhere.

will try to get hold of this somehow, i can't buy it yet but i want it bad. i'm super psyched for the new charles burns, too.

*buffs lens* (schlump), Sunday, 14 October 2012 22:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

First ever coffee table book that's about the size and weight of a coffee table.

wait, what is?

set the controls for the arse of your mum (sic), Sunday, 14 October 2012 23:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

check z s' pic!

*buffs lens* (schlump), Monday, 15 October 2012 00:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

I've held the box though, and it's not even the size of a D&Q Moomin collection

set the controls for the arse of your mum (sic), Monday, 15 October 2012 00:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

holy fucking shit does that look awesome. this guy really gives you value for your dollar.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 15 October 2012 00:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

(xpost, brain kept firing)

it's not even close to the Quimby or Book Of Jokes collections!

let alone Ninja or So Many Splendid Sundays [or any of Maresca's other books] or George Sprott or Wally Wood's EC Stories [or any of the other IDW Artists Editions] or Wednesday Comics or (to cite something from the new Ware) Kramer's 7 or Paris Soirees or Les Yeux Du Chat.

(or even the Stray Bullets hardcovers or Picturebox's Panter monograph or Fanta's Gahan Wilson Playboy collection, or their Dedini collection for that matter. and that's just comics, not actual coffee table books - half the Taschen line and those LaChappelle semi-boxed volumes are immdiately twice the size of Building Stories....)

set the controls for the arse of your mum (sic), Monday, 15 October 2012 00:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

Gyrate For Physicet (Old Lunch), Monday, 15 October 2012 00:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

^ back cover was printed with fitted screw-holes in the corners

set the controls for the arse of your mum (sic), Monday, 15 October 2012 00:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

xpost Yeah, that's me with the Baby Bjorn. The weird thing is, so many of the subtle details are exactly right, down to the age span between my two daughters, one's blue crocs and blonde hair, etc., ... but exactly right three or four years ago. I wonder if he took a picture? Sketched it up and held onto it until he had a use for it? Very mysterious, the way the guy works. That's genius for you.

I found his knowledge and recall of old school New Yorker covers remarkable:

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2012/04/mothers-day-the-women-cover-artists-of-the-new-yorker.html#slide_ss_0=1

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 15 October 2012 03:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

this is fking huge! i'm torn between "can't wait to start" and "where the hell do i start?" and, as a result it has sat in it's massive box untouched. I have to say though that this is a beautiful object and a bargain at amazon prices.

jed_, Saturday, 20 October 2012 00:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

Joe McCullogh posted a suggested reading order if you really want one

set the controls for the arse of your mum (sic), Saturday, 20 October 2012 00:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

yes please. although i may disregard it.

jed_, Saturday, 20 October 2012 00:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

thanks, sic.

jed_, Saturday, 20 October 2012 12:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

haha, never knew about this:

Fortune 500 cover

In 2010, Ware designed the cover for Fortune magazine's "Fortune 500" issue, but it was rejected.[21] Ware had mentioned the work at a panel at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo on April 16, as first noted in an April 20 blog post by Matthew J. Brady.[22] The cover, featuring the circle-shaped humans common in Ware's more broadly socially satirical comic-strips, turned the numbers 500 into skyscrapers looming over the continental United States. On the roofs, corporate bosses drink, dance, and sun themselves as a helicopter drops a shovelful of money down for them. Below, among signs reading "Credit Default Swap Flea Market," "Greenspan Lube Pro," and "401K Cemetery," a helicopter scoops money out of the US Treasury with a shovel, cars pile up in Detroit, and flag-waving citizens party around a boiling tea kettle in the shape of an elephant. In the Gulf of Mexico, homes are sinking, while hooded prisoners sit in Guantanamo, a "Factory of Exploitation" keeps going in Mexico, China is tossing American dollars into the Pacific, and the roof of bankrupted Greece's Treasury has blown off. A spokesperson for the magazine only said that, as is their practice, they had commissioned a number of possible covers from different artists, including Ware.[23] Brady wrote in his blog that Ware said at the panel he "accepted the job because it would be like doing the [cover for the] 1929 issue of the magazine".[22]

"reading specialist" (Z S), Friday, 28 December 2012 20:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

He recently wrote a neat piece on the Laura Ingalls Wilder books... I think it was on The Millions site?

~farben~ (Jon Lewis), Friday, 28 December 2012 20:48 (1 year ago) Permalink


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