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Recommended. Introduction by Art Spiegelman. Wow! An enormous deluxe volume of all things Chris Ware! Arranged chronologically with Chris’s unchecked anecdotes and unscrupulous personal asides, the author-as-subject as clearly and convivially as possible provides a contrite, companionable guide to an otherwise unnavigable jumble of images 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–and highly successful magazine cover artist! Rizolli, 2017.

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Wow! An enormous deluxe volume of all things Chris Ware! Arranged chronologically with Chris’s unchecked anecdotes and unscrupulous personal asides, the author-as-subject as clearly and convivially as possible provides a contrite, companionable guide to an otherwise unnavigable jumble of images 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–and highly successful magazine cover artist!

For thirty years, writer and artist & cartoonist 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 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.

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.

“There’s no writer alive whose work I love more than Chris Ware. The only problem is it takes him ten years to draw these things and then I read them in a day and have to wait another ten years for the next one.”—Zadie Smith

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