Chris Ware battles for graphic literature with “Why I Love Comics”


It seems that Chris Ware, the genius behind Building Stories and other structural comics masterpieces, and Hajime Isayama, the Attack on Titan creator we wrote about a few posts ago, share some of the same things: low self esteem as the lot of the cartoonist. Ware has as piece called “Why I Love Comics” in […]

Nice Art: Chris Ware tackles Minecraft


Or rather, his 10-year-old daughter Clara does. In commentary on his cover for this week’s New Yorker the Building Stories master—and the graphic novelist whose name is most often connected to the word “genius— discusses the game the way any parent over a child in the 4-14 range does. Clara has spent hours, days, weeks […]

Chris Ware reveals his love of sitcoms

Photo: Nicolas Guerin/Contour

  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.


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 […]

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


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


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


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 […]