Chris Ware's Building Stories: a visual tour

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Building Stories
  • Building Stories
One could write hundreds of words about Chris Ware's new graphic work, Building Stories (Pantheon), and not do it justice. I've already written 149 words about it in our fall arts preview. But the scope of Building Stories is impossible to capture in words alone.

So let's go with photos. If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then here's 6,000 words' worth. (Photos and art direction by Alison Green.)

Box top detail
  • Box top detail

Box on some old black-and-white Ware Reader proofs, discovered in our recent office moe
  • Box on some old black-and-white Ware Reader proofs, discovered in our recent office move

A look inside the box
  • A look inside the box

You blow my mind, Chris Ware
  • An array of some of the items inside the box

An array of some of the items inside the box
  • Chris Ware, you blow my mind

Just wow.
  • Just wow.


Ware's work ran in the Reader from 2002 to 2006. In our 40th-anniversary issue, he reflected on his "most nerve-racking Reader cartoon."

And here's a great interview with Ware on the Publishers Weekly website: "A Life in A Box: Invention, Clarity and Meaning in Chris Ware’s 'Building Stories'"

It begins:

Publishers Weekly: What would you say to a reader who isn't familiar with your comics about this new work?

Chris Ware: First of all I would probably apologize because I feel compelled to do that for everything I do.

Ware will be at Quimby's on Sunday, October 14. The only thing that could make this more gorgeous is his signature on it. No apologies necessary.

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