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Books, Design and Culture

February 7, 2017
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Chris Ware on George Herriman and Krazy Kat

The New York Review of Books has an essay by cartoonist Chris Ware on George Herriman the creator Krazy Kat, one of the most beautiful, poetic and inventive comic strips ever created:     Krazy Kat has been described as a parable of love, … Continue reading

February 8, 2016
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Mirror by Chris Ware

I have to confess that I frequently find This American Life kind of irritating, but this collaboration with Chris Ware and The New Yorker to create an animated magazine cover is neat: The animation was done by Ware and John Kuramoto. You can read … Continue reading

October 16, 2015
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Why I Love Comics

Chris Ware for the New York Times Sunday Book Review.

April 23, 2015
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Chris Ware: Beyond the Cover

Juxtapoz contributing editor Kristin Farr talks to Chris Ware, the magazine’s May 2015 cover artist, for their Beyond the Cover site: Beyond setting a very specific mood, tone or feeling of a time of day or era, color in my … Continue reading

September 2, 2014
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The Art of Comics: Chris Ware

Cartoonist Chris Ware is interviewed by Canadian journalist Jeet Heer in the latest issue of The Paris Review as part of the magazine’s ongoing ‘The Art of Comics’ series. You can read a short excerpt online: It was the Peanuts … Continue reading

October 11, 2013
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Chris Ware: The Magic of Comics

Following his appearance at the Edinburgh international book fair, Cartoonist Chris Ware spoke with Stuart Kelly of The Guardian about his recent work Building Stories: “As soon as a screen can produce something that can move, it becomes a passive medium, whereas … Continue reading

August 27, 2013
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Chris Ware: An Everyday Genius

The September/October issue of Intelligent Life includes an extensive profile of cartoonist Chris Ware by Simon Willis: As he worked on “Building Stories”, [Ware] decided he needed a form that allowed the past and the present to co-exist in a jumble, as … Continue reading

December 15, 2012
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Something for the Weekend

Folklore — Mike Mignola talks about drawing Hellboy again, at ComicsAlliance: I do have a library. Very little of it is leather-bound. The folklore and mythology library, which is in my studio, is pretty tacky looking since it’s all picked … Continue reading

December 7, 2012
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Something for the Weekend

Down the River — An interview with Sean Howe, author of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, at The Phoenix: Marvel is this narrative tapestry that all of these people have worked on and passed on. It’s sort of like television … Continue reading

December 5, 2012
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Midweek Miscellany

It’s Complicated — Gabriel Winslow-Yost surveys the work of Chris Ware for the New York Review of Books: Ware’s drawings are meticulous, even chilly, with flat, muted colors and the straight lines and perfect curves of an architectural rendering. The panels … Continue reading

November 16, 2012
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Something for the Weekend

In Search of Lost Time — Jimmy Stamp on Chris Ware’s Building Stories, at Design Decoded: If there’s a central theme to Building Stories, it is the passing of time – and our futile struggle against it. The comic book … Continue reading

November 9, 2012
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Chris Ware on Bookworm

Cartoonist Chris Ware discusses Building Stories with Michael Silverblatt on KCRW’s Bookworm: KCRW BOOKWORM: Chris Ware Building Stories mp3 Ware will be at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival tomorrow (November 10) and the Librairie D+Q fifth anniversary party with Charles Burns … Continue reading

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