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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Chris Ware  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1967 in Omaha, Nebraska


-- Website -- https://www.drawnandquarterly.com/author/chris-ware
-- Chris Ware on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=chris+ware


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.


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Selected Titles At Your Library

Building stories
ISBN: 0224078127. OCLC Number: 797975161

Jonathan Cape,. .

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.

Building stories /
ISBN: 0375424334. OCLC Number: 778828557

Pantheon Books,. .

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 :
ISBN: 9780375714542. OCLC Number: 43555321

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

Monograph /
ISBN: 0847860884. OCLC Number: 975027608

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"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"--Amazon.com.

Quimby the mouse
ISBN: 1560974559. OCLC Number: 53219461

Fantagraphics Books ;. .

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

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

Drawn and Quarterly,. .

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