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Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing is a Way of Thinking

Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing is a Way of Thinking

by David M. Ball and Matha B. Kuhlmans

Published by University Press of Mississippi


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Most pictures being worth around 1000 words, Chris Ware's usually clock in somewhere in the upper millions. This new book of comics theory is devoted to pinning down a few of those evocative lines with essays analyzing what Ware has done and is doing with the idea of graphic literature and what it means for the world as we know it...

"The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing Is a Way of Thinking brings together contributions from established and emerging scholars about the comics of Chicago-based cartoonist Chris Ware (b. 1967). Both inside and outside academic circles, Ware's work is rapidly being distinguished as essential to the developing canon of the graphic novel. Winner of the 2001 Guardian First Book Prize for the genre-defining Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Ware has received numerous accolades from both the literary and comics establishment. This collection addresses the range of Ware's work from his earliest drawings in the 1990s in The ACME Novelty Library and his acclaimed Jimmy Corrigan, to his most recent works-in-progress, "Building Stories" and "Rusty Brown."

With contributions by David M. Ball, Georgiana Banita, Margaret Fink Berman, Jacob Brogan, Isaac Cates, Joanna Davis-McElligatt, Shawn Gilmore, Matt Godbey, Jeet Heer, Martha B. Kuhlman, Katherine Roeder, Peter R. Sattler, Marc Singer, Benjamin Widiss, and Daniel Worden"

238pp, b&w with some color plates, 7"x10"