Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Chris Ware  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1967 in Omaha, Nebraska

-- Website --
-- Chris Ware on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

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

Biographical and Professional Information

Chris Ware, is an American comic book artist and cartoonist, notable for his Acme Novelty Library series and the graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth. His works explore themes of social isolation, emotional torment and depression.

Published Works

  • Quimby The Mouse, Jonathan Cape, 2003
  • Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth, Pantheon, 2003
  • The Acme Novelty Library, Pantheon, 2005
  • Acme Novelty Datebook, Drawn and Quarterly, 2007
  • Acme Novelty Library #18, Drawn and Quarterly, 2007
  • Acme Novelty Library #19, Drawn and Quarterly, 2008
  • Acme Novelty Library #20, Drawn and Quarterly, 2010
  • Building Stories, Pantheon, 2012The Acme Novelty Date Book: Sketches and Diary Pages in Facsimile, Drawn and Quarterly, 2013Monograph, Rizzoli, 2017

Selected Titles At Your Library

Quimby the mouse :
ISBN: 022407265X. OCLC Number:

Jonathan Cape,. London :. ©2003.

Jimmy Corrigan :
ISBN: 0375714545. OCLC Number:

. .

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

ISBN: 0375422951. OCLC Number:

Pantheon Books,. [New York] :. [2005]

The creator of Jimmy Corrigan presents a collection of both new and previously published material featuring such colorful characters as Jimmy Corrigan, Rocket Sam, Quimby the mouse, the Super-man, Sparky the cat, Big Tex, and Rusty Brown, a young suburban Chicago outcast and toy collector.

The acme novelty date book :
ISBN: 1897299184. OCLC Number:

Drawn and Quarterly ;. Montréal, Quebec :. 2007.

A collection of cartoonist Chris Ware's sketchbook pages drawn between 1995 and 2002.

The Acme novelty library.
ISBN: 1897299176. OCLC Number:

Acme Novelty :. Chicago :. ©2007.

The ACME novelty library.
ISBN: 1897299567. OCLC Number:

. .

Collects stories about Rusty Brown, who goes to Mars with a woman to establish a settlement, and delves into the character of his father, W.K. Brown, who lives an awkward life either alone or with his wife and deals with strange occurences at work and in the bedroom.

ACME novelty library.
ISBN: 1770460209. OCLC Number:

Drawn & Quarterly,. Montréal :. c2010.

Chronicles Jordan Lint's entire life in a series of single-page vignettes, from his troubled childhood, stormy adolescence, and failures as husband, father, and businessman, right up to his eventual death.

Building stories /
ISBN: 0375424334. OCLC Number:

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 --

The acme novelty datebook :
ISBN: 1896597661. OCLC Number:

Drawn and Quarterly,. Montréal :. 2003.

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

Monograph /
ISBN: 0847860884. OCLC Number:

. .

"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"


Body of Work

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (No)