The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing is a Way of Thinking

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David M. Ball, Martha B. Kuhlman
Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2010 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 238 pages
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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."


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for all Chris Wareians! A range of readable essays about one of the most fascinating, yet difficult artists of the twenty-first century. Read full review


Artistic Intersections
The Urban Landscape
Reading History
Everyday Temporalities
A Guide to Chris Wares Primary Works
Selected Bibliography

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David M. Ball is chair of the English Department at Dickinson College. His essays have appeared in ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance and Critical Matrix.|Martha B. Kuhlman is associate professor of comparative literature at Bryant University. She has published in the Journal of Popular Culture, European Journal of Comic Art, and the International Journal of Comic Art.

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