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Chris Ware (Monographics)

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This title pairs the most talented postmodern comic artist alive (Chris Ware, author of the justly lauded Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth with perhaps the best writer on contemporary comics, Daniel Raeburn. So little decent writing exists on comics that Raeburn, editor of the fanzine The Imp,has to go back to the very birth of the form to get started, and his wri ...more
Published (first published 2004)
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Mycala
I have been seriously crushing on Chris Ware for well over a decade. That said, I find the inside of his head slightly uncomfortable and okay, sometimes scary. There is no denying he is a genius, though, and while I was hoping there would be more about the man himself, it is bits of him with lots of his art. All is forgiven because this book is pure eye candy.
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Dec 08, 2008 Powells.com rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Similar in sentiment to artist Joseph Cornell's three-dimensional work, Chris Ware's drawings and sculpture remind me of enchanting collections of objects lost and found. In this new monograph, Daniel Raeburn closely examine's Ware's work methods and innovations and discusses the connections between Ware's most well-known character, Jimmy Corrigan, and that of his creator. Check out The Acme Novelty Datebook for more personal insight into his talent and history. Amy Antonio, Powells.com

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Earline
Mar 10, 2008 Earline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: artists, especially typographers
Shelves: comics, non-fiction
This book is a good introduction to Chris Ware's work and includes great stories about his career. I especially love his attitude towards grad school. Chris Ware is my hero and inspires me to be a better artist... as well as a badass.

"By the time Ware arrived in Chicago for his graduate studies at the School of the Art Institute, he was artistically and emotionally independent enough to ignore his teachers, most of whom discouraged him from doing comics, and a few whom openly mocked him, at leas
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Joe
Apr 23, 2010 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I probably don't have to make a case for how incredible Chris Ware is. Being able to see these comics for free in the Reader and New City for all of my teenage years through my return from college-- wot a countree, eh?

It probably makes sense to just buy the comics themselves, but some of the graphic design analysis in here is really insightful.
Jamie Felton
Jul 21, 2008 Jamie Felton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This is a pretty fascinating look at Chris Ware and, more importantly, comic books and how they are more than just words and pictures. One idea that I really liked was that the more comic books become a language of their own, the more people will be able to relate to and access them because people will become more fluent. This book has a ton of early work by Ware.
Panoramaisland
Magnificently underlines Ware's massive theoretical/conceptual shortcomings - not, I think, what the author intended. Even so, an even more essentialist reading of his work than I think is actually merited. Lushly illustrated with many comics and photographs!
Corbravo
The texts by this man are a bit R-tarded. But there's Ware's pictures on the other side of the page, so fortunately they're also unnoticeable.
Marisa Fulper
Good overview of Chris Ware's practices
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Daniel Raeburn is the author of Chris Ware, a book of art criticism, and Vessels, a memoir. His essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Baffler, Tin House, and in The Imp, his series of booklets about underground cartoonists. Raeburn has been awarded fellowships from the McDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, the Howard Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Chic ...more
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