Chris Ware is serializing “The Last Saturday” in The Guardian

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The Guardian is serializing a new Chris Ware comic, called The Last Saturday. If there was a contest to chose the most Chris Ware-like title for a new Chris Ware comic “The Last Saturday” would be near the top. According to the site: A brand new graphic novella by the award-winning cartoonist Chris Ware, tracing […]

Chris Ware reveals his love of sitcoms

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  Chris Ware is only the second cartoonist to get the Paris Review interview treatment—Robert Crumb was the first—and it’s said to be one of his longest and most revealing interviews ever. With scholar Jeet Heer doing the interviewing, how could you expect less. But in a surprise twist, you can only read the whole […]

Video Alert: CCAD’s MIX 2012 panels with Chris Ware, Charles Hatfield, etc.

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MIX 2013 kicks off this weekend — The Columbus College of Art and Design’s annual tribute to comics this year features Jeff Smith, Carol Tyler, and more in many fascinating-sounding panels. Don’t you wish you could watch them even if you couldn’t be there? More and more comics symposiums are taping their panels, and here […]

Stripped: Chris Ware – Comics, A Working Class Art Form

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Introduced as the laureate of graphic literature, the much celebrated Chris Ware booked a sell out event at a major literary festival, speaking about our fictional bubble lives, his superheroic beginnings, and his hopes and fears for the medium.

FILM REVIEW: CARTOON COLLEGE Gets Under the Skin of Making Comics

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Representing comics production in popular culture has long been missing a piece of the puzzle. We’ve had excellent documentaries about ground-breaking creators like Will Eisner, characters like Wonder Woman, and even explorations of rising con-culture in the USA, but the least likely to receive attention, the mode of indie comics production right now, has come […]

On the Scene: Denver Comic Con 2013, Life as a Moving Picture in Chris Ware’s Keynote

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William Kuskin, Ph.D., of the University of Colorado, Boulder, introduced Denver Comic Con’s keynote speaker, cartoonist Chris Ware, as a man who presents “honesty” as an “antidote to the emptiness we see in culture now, countered by art, even if he evokes a nightmare through that honesty”. Ware guided the audience at DCC through the […]

Denver Conference Tackles Violence in Comics

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The Rocky Mountain Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, sponsored by Comic Book Classroom, the same organization that supports the Denver Comic Con, celebrates its first anniversary this year from May 28th-30th and takes on a subject close to the heart of the Denver community, the role and place of violence in comics. The Aurora […]

Ware’s Building Stries wins Lynd Ward Prize; Carré and Ellsworth honored

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Adding to a pile of kudos that you will soon be able to make an actual building from, Chris Ware’s great Building Stories has won the Lynd Ward Prize for Graphic Novel of the Year for 2013. Heads or Tails by Lilli Carré (Fantagraphics) and The Understanding Monster—Book One by Theo Ellsworth (Secret Acres) were the honorable mentions.

The Prize is presented each year by Penn State University Libraries and the Pennsylvania Center for the Book to “the best graphic novel, fiction or non-fiction, published in the previous calendar year by a living U.S. or Canadian citizen or resident.”

Zadie Smith and Chris Ware talk about stories

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This claims to be a video but only the audio is working for me. However either way you slice it acclaimed novelist Zadie Smith and cartoonist Chris Ware talking about story at the New York Public Library is a fascinating team up. For those who cannot absorb audio, there’s a write up of their December chat here.

Breaking: Graphic novels are DEFINITELY not just for nerds any more

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Over the holiday weekend, I had a chance to view Ron Mann’s documntary Comic Book Confidential, about which I will have more to say at a future date, but the 1989 film serves as a nice recap of the story until the comics shop collapse of the 90s—from Wertham to Maus and Miller, a pretty […]

The mystery and joy of BCGF

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This was the third indie show of the year—TCAF and SPX were the other two—where I experienced the complete rapture of falling in love with comics all over again for the first time. Love, death, mystery—when the first time happens all over again, you know you’re in the right place. I wasn’t the only one feeling the love.

On the Scene: BCGF 2012: Ware, McGuire, and Spiegelman on Creating the Architecture of Comics

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The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival this year was, by all accounts, pretty crowded and hot in the main building, but the governing factor was high attendance, and the discussion panels, held at The Knitting Factory, also confirmed the trend. They were highly attended, and for the most part, standing room only. This signals a […]

Chris Ware covers Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2012 issue

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Chris Ware contributed just another incredibly amazing cover for Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2012 issue, which was heroically put out by the staff remotely when our offices went black during Sandy. Special props to our IT guy Ernie, who had to climb the 16 flights of stairs to the office numerous times. Not only is this the first time the PW logo has been redesigned, but Ware’s epochal Building Stories was the favorite of the entire staff not just the Comics Dept.

On the Scene: Small Press Expo 2012 Day Two

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By Hannah Means-Shannon The revelries following the Ignatz Awards continued long into the night and crowded the lower levels of the conference center took over the bar and spilled out onto patios, steps, and walkways, but that didn’t stop expo-goers from taking in another day of star-powered panels on Sunday. The big names and signings […]

Brooklyn Comics and Graphic Fest unveils Chris Ware poster

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When you’ve got Chris Ware as a guest, maybe you can cajole him into whipping out some old thing for a poster. BCGF will be held Saturday, November 10. Besides Ware, other guests include Richard McGuire, Blexbolex, and Roz Chast.

On the Scene: Small Press Expo 2012, Day One

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By Hannah Means-Shannon Things were buzzing at the Small Press Expo even before it officially began. A crowded hotel lobby, constant chatter, and a general sense of anticipation partly due to this year’s much-hyped stellar guests, erupted in substantial lines to get onto the floor once doors opened Saturday morning. Along with the outstanding list […]