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."
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." The publication of Chris Ware's "Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth" in 2000 inspired a near-avalanche of praise. Now, Daniel Raeburn offers fascinating insights into the connections between Jimmy Corrigan's biography and that of his creator.Yale University Press
Virtuoso Chris Ware (b. 1967) has achieved some noteworthy firsts for comics. The Guardian First Book Award for Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth was the first major UK literary prize awarded for a graphic novel. In 2002 Ware was the first cartoonist included in the Whitney Biennial. Like Art Spiegelman or Alison Bechdel, Ware thus stands out as an important crossover artist who has made the wider public aware of comics as literature. His regular New Yorker covers give him a central place in our national cultural conversation. Since the earliest issues of ACME Novelty Library in the 1990s, cartoonist peers have acclaimed Ware’s distinctive, meticulous visual style and technical innovations to the medium. Ware also remains a literary author of the highest caliber, spending many years to create thematically complex graphic masterworks such as Building Stories and the ongoing Rusty Brown. Editor Jean Braithwaite compiles interviews displaying both Ware’s erudition and his quirky self-deprecation. They span Ware’s career from 1993 to 2015, creating a time-lapse portrait of the artist as he matures. Several of the earliest talks are reprinted from zines now extremely difficult to locate. Braithwaite has selected the best broadcasts and podcasts featuring the interview-shy Ware for this volume, including new transcriptions. An interview with Marnie Ware from 2000 makes for a delightful change of pace, as she offers a generous, supremely lucid attitude toward her husband and his work. Candidly and humorously, she considers married life with a cartoonist in the house. Brand-new interviews with both Chris and Marnie Ware conclude the volume.
Acclaimed cartoonist Chris Ware reveals the outtakes of his genius in these intimate, imaginative, and whimsical sketches collected from the years during which he completed his award-winning graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (Pantheon). His novel not only won the Manchester Guardian First Novel prize in 2001 but it has sold over 100,000 copies. This book is as much a companion volume to Jimmy Corrigan --one of the great crossover success stories-- as a tremendous art collection from of one of America's most interesting and popular graphic artist. Chris Ware has a passion for drawing that is surprisingly wide-ranging in style and subject. This book surprises the reader on every page with its sense of spontaneous vision. Architectural drawings from Chicago and interplanetary robot comics collide with cruelly doodled human figures and quietly troubling studies of the still life. A must for people with a passion for modern design and old-fashioned style.
Klappentext: Diese außergewöhnliche Graphic Novel besticht sowohl durch ihre klaren Zeichnungen als auch durch ihre eindringliche Geschichte. Thomas und sein Vater müssen nach dem Tod der Mutter ihr Leben neu beginnen, doch der Vater kommt nicht über den Verlust hinweg. Stattdessen ist es an seinem siebenjährigen Sohn, den Alltag zu organisieren und die Familie zu stützen. Paul Hornschemeiers Graphic Novel wurde in den USA von der Kritik gefeiert und wird sicher auch in Deutschland für Begeisterung sorgen. Selten wird im Comic so pointiert und bewegend erzählt.
Diese Einführung liefert einen Überblick über die historisch-kulturellen, theoretischen und analytischen Dimensionen der Beschäftigung mit Comics und Graphic Novels und ist dabei gleichermaßen systematisch wie praxisbezogen ausgerichtet. So informieren ausgewiesene Experten in Einzelbeiträgen etwa über medientheoretische Aspekte, Fragen der besonderen Produktion, Distribution und Rezeption von Comics, über zentrale Genres und ihre Klassiker und stellen ein handhabbares Instrumentarium zur Comic-Analyse vor. Abgerundet wird der Band durch Ausführungen zu Web-Comics und zu Institutionen der Comic-Forschung, durch ein Glossar und kommentierte Hinweise zur Fachliteratur bei jedem Beitrag. Mit Beiträgen von Julia Abel, Jochen Ecke, Barbara Eder, Christian Endres, Lukas Etter, Ole Frahm, Björn Hammel, Urs Hangartner, Matthias Harbeck, Christian Klein, Andreas C. Knigge, Stephan Köhn, Stephan Packard, Andreas Platthaus, Monika Schmitz-Emans, Marie Schröer, Daniel Stein, Ralph Trommer, Antonius Weixler, Lukas Werner