A close-up look at the gifted graphic novelist the New York Times Book Review called 'the most versatile and innovative artist the medium has ever known.'
As one of today's most renowned graphic novelists, Chris Ware is widely considered an artist of genius. Combining innovative comic book art, hand lettering, and graphic design, Ware's uniquely appealing work is characterized by ceaseless experimentation with narrative and graphic forms. The publication of his novel Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth in 2000 inspired a near avalanche of praise from critics and general readers alike and demonstrated that Ware's graphic novels challenged traditional definitions of literature. This book is the first to explore the life and work of Chris Ware.
Daniel Raeburn looks closely at Ware's career, work methods, and graphic innovations, which include pullout, flip-up, and three-dimensional insertions, along with cut-out-and-assemble-paper projects that require construction by readers. Based on many hours of interviews with the artist, Raeburn offers fascinating insights into the connections between Jimmy Corrigan's biography and that of his creator. In addition, the book encompasses Ware's many other works and examines his place in the world of literature, graphic art, and popular culture.