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Chris Ware

Born: 1967 in Omaha, Nebraska
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Ware attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1991-1993. He currently resides in Oak Park.

Biography: Chris Ware is an irregular contributor to The New Yorker, and his original drawings have been exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and in piles behind his worktable in Oak Park, Illinois. In 2016 he was featured in the PBS documentary series Art 21: Art in the 21st Century, and in 2017 an eponymous monograph of his work was published by Rizzoli.

  • """Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth"""
  • -- Guardian First Book Award
  • -- 100 Best Books of the Decade, The Times (London), 2009
  • """Building Stories"""
  • -- Top Ten Fiction Book of the Year, The New York Times, 2012
  • -- Top Ten Fiction Book of the Year, Time magazine, 2012
  • """Rusty Brown"""
  • -- Starred Editor's Pick, Library Journal, 2019
  • -- 11 notable Chicago books of 2019, Chicago Tribune
  • -- Finalist, Pen/Jean Stein Book Award, 2020
  • -- 100 Notable Books of the Year, New York Times
  • -- Best Book of the Year, NPR
  • -- Most Highly Anticipated Books, Lit Hub, 2019
  • -- Starred Review, Booklist
  • -- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • -- Starred Review, Kirkus
  • """Monograph"""
  • -- FOREWORD INDIES Book of the Year Awards — BRONZE Winner for Art, 2017
  • -- Best Art Book of 2017, New York Times

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Illustrator

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Acme Novelty Library : Sparky's Best Comics and Stories (Number 4, Volume III; Winter 1994-95)

Acme the Library of Novelty: The Big Book of Jokes II (Acme Novelty Library, 15)
ISBN: 1560974753 OCLC: 62288543

Building Stories (Pantheon Graphic Library)
ISBN: 0375424334 OCLC: 778828557

Pantheon Books, New York : ©2012.

Presents an illustrated tale, told in various books and folded sheets, about the residents in a three-story Chicago apartment building, including a lonely single woman, a couple who are growing to despise each other, and an elderly landlady --

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
ISBN: 9780375714542 OCLC: 43555321

A graphic novel chronicles four generations of the Corrigan men, from 1893 to 1983.

Monograph /
ISBN: 0847860884 OCLC: 975027608

"A flabbergasting experiment in publishing hubris, [this book] charts the art and literary world's increasing tolerance for the language of the empathetic doodle directly through the work of one of its most esthetically constipated practitioners. For thirty years, writer and artist (i.e. cartoonist) Chris Ware (b. 1967) has been testing the patience of readers and fine art fans with his complicated and difficult-to-comprehend picture stories in the pages of The New Yorker, The New York Times and other charitable periodicals-- to say nothing of challenging the walls of the MCA Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art with his unevocative delineations and diagrams. Arranged chronologically with all thoughtful critical and contemporary discussion common to the art book genre jettisoned in favor of Mr. Ware's unchecked anecdotes and unscrupulous personal asides, the author-as-subject has nonetheless tried as clearly and convivially as possible to provide a contrite, companionable guide to an otherwise unnavigable jumble of product spanning his days as a pale magnet for athletic upperclassmen's' ire up to his contemporary life as a stay-at-home dad and agoraphobic graphic novelist. Shrewdly selected personal photos distract from justifiably little-seen early experiments littered among never-before-seen paintings and sculptures, all padded out with high-quality scans of original artwork publicizing jottings, mistakes, blunders and, especially, Mr. Ware's University juvenilia via which the reader can track a general cultural increase in tolerance for quality's decline since his work first came on "the scene." Expensive, heavy, and fashioned from the finest uncoated paper and soy-based ink, this thigh-crushing book is certain to cut off the circulation of all but the most active of comics boosters"

Quimby the mouse
ISBN: 1560974559 OCLC: 53219461

Fantagraphics Books ; Seattle, Wash. : ©2003.

Collects comic strips from the early 1990s organized around Quimby the mouse.

Rusty Brown /
ISBN: 0375424326 OCLC: 1080588667

"Rusty Brown" is a fully interactive, full-color articulation of the time-space interrelationships of six complete consciousnesses on a single midwestern American day and the tiny piece of human grit about which they involuntarily orbit. A sprawling, special snowflake accumulation of the biggest themes and the smallest moments of life, "Rusty Brown" literately and literally aims at nothing less than the coalescence of one half of all of existence into a single museum-quality picture story, expertly arranged to present the most convincingly ineffable and empathetic illusion of experience for both life-curious readers and traditional fans of standard reality. From childhood to old age, no frozen plotline is left unthawed in the entangled stories of a child who awakens without superpowers, a teen who matures into a paternal despot, a father who stores his emotional regrets on the surface of Mars and a late-middle-aged woman who seeks the love of only one other person on planet Earth.

The acme novelty datebook :
ISBN: 905492053X OCLC: 51204143

Drawn and Quarterly, Montréal : 2003.

This text is a collection of comics creator Chris Ware's sketches and diary facsmilies from 1986-1995.